2017 Speaker




John Legend

Tuesday, May 2
7:30 pm
Rockett Arena, O’Keefe Complex

Tickets Now on Sale


Legend will perform some of his hit songs and speak about his social justice work.

John Legend is a multi-award winning singer-songwriter whose work has garnered him 19 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, A Golden Globe Award, and a BET Award for Best New Artist, among others. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Legend recently won his first Golden Globe Award, a Grammy award, and a Critic’s Choice Award for his song “Glory,” which he wrote and performed with Common for the film Selma.

Legend has worked throughout his career to make a difference in the lives of others. He launched the Show Me Campaign, which focuses on education as a key to breaking the cycle of poverty, in 2007 and has received numerous awards for his leadership, including the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare, and the 2011 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award. In 2015, Legend initiated the #freeAmerica campaign, designed to change the national conversation to make change in America’s criminal justice system.

Based on his extensive efforts to make a difference in the lives of others, Legend will be the inaugural recipient of the Salem Advocate for Social Justice award, presented by Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice. When possible, this recognition is presented in collaboration with Salem State University at the Salem State Series. The award recognizes luminaries in their fields who use their platforms to champion social justice issues and advocate for the underrepresented populations. Recipients embrace the Salem Award Foundation’s mission to promote awareness, understanding and empathy in support of human rights and social justice.

Ticket Levels and Pricing
PREMIUM-$100 per ticket:
  • Premium seats are assigned floor seats in the front sections
  • Ticket purchasers will also be entered for a chance to win a VIP dinner and photo opportunity
RESERVED-$60 per ticket:
  • Reserved seats are assigned floor seats in the side and back sections
  • Lower and upper balcony bleachers
  • First come, first served
  • Available in the bleachers; first come, first served
  • Limited to the first 200 Salem State Students
  • Limit one ticket per student (valid Salem State University ID must be presented at the door)
ACCESSIBLE SEATING: Available in all three seating levels
  • Premium
  • Reserved
  • General Admission Bleachers
Tickets and Information

Monday–Friday, 10 am–4 pm

Sponsorship Opportunities (Benefits include: pre-dinner and photo opportunity)

Taylor Dunn
Associate Director, Advancement Events & Sponsorships

Media Inquiries

Nicole Giambusso
Director of Public Relations

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Salem State Series
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970

About the Salem Award Foundation


Since its founding in 1992, it has been the mission of the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice to ensure that the lessons of the 1692 Witch Trials are not forgotten.  In addition to publicly recognizing individuals or organizations working to help those who suffer discrimination and injustice through its annual awards, the Salem Award Foundation supports the Salem Witch Trial Memorial, a public monument honoring those who died in 1692, and offers educational programming that broadens the community’s awareness and understanding of current issues of human rights and social justice.

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