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John Legend visits ASU for Black History Month

Established by Carter G. Woodson in 1926, Black History Month is a way of remembering and creating awareness of the rich African-American history in the America. Black History Month is celebrated across the U.S., with events taking place in every state throughout February.

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, ASU is celebrating by welcoming Grammy Award-winning R&B artist John Legend.

Legend has been touring college campuses around the nation, singing for audiences and speaking about his philanthropic endeavors. Since bursting onto the music scene, Legend has been very active in the world of philanthropy. In 2007, he started his “Show Me Campaign,” which aims to raise awareness and seek help for poverty-stricken communities.

In 2010, he performed “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” as a fundraiser on the “Hope For Haiti Now” telethon show, which went on to raise more than $61 million. The funds were then distributed to seven non-profit organizations performing relief work in Haiti.

In addition to Legend's charitable work, he also contributed to the campaign for President Barack Obama. In 2008, Legend teamed up with Black Eyed Peas vocalist and other notable artists to record the wildly popular campaign song “Yes We Can.” He then went on to perform as part of Obama’s Presidential Inauguration.

Two guest speakers will accompany Legend. The lectures from all three speakers will last around an hour, with an audience Q&A session following shortly after. Each member of the audience will have the opportunity to write down questions on note cards while in line to receive tickets.

After the Q&A session has concluded, Legend will perform a selection of his music as a treat for fans.

Tickets to this event are free to ASU students, faculty and staff. A valid Sun Card is required to receive up to two tickets. Tickets will be available the day of the event at the northeast entrance of ASU Gammage beginning at 4:50 p.m.

This event is being presented by ASU Undergraduate Student Government.

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