John Legend and Bruce Springsteen To Lead A+E Networks’ “Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America” Special
John Legend and Bruce Springsteen lead Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, a two-hour special and fundraiser, reflecting on the growing climate of violence, tragedy, and social division that has filled our country’s headlines through out 2015. On the special, John, Bruce, Jill Scott, Pink, Pharrell, and others performed songs of both hope and despair, contemplating this on going issue. A+E Networks (A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI, LMN, H2) will air the special across all of its platforms and channels on November 20th at 8/7c.
“Tonight is a celebration,” show producer Ken Ehrlich told the full 6,300-capacity room just before the pre-taped show began. “It’s a celebration of hope. It’s a celebration of humanity.”
Springsteen kicks the special off by performing his socially conscious tune “American Skin (41 Shots),” a song written after the 1999 New York police shooting of Amadou Diallo, who was unarmed.
“It ain’t no secret my friend,” Springsteen sang, as footage from the funerals of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray flashed on the screen. “You can get killed just for living in your American skin.”
Click here to read our related feature story, American Skin: Racial Tensions With Law Enforcement Chronicled Through Music History.
All money raised from the event is set to go to the Fund for Progress on Race in America in association with United Way Worldwide.
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“Someday We’ll All Be Free”
From: Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America