Nine-time Grammy winner and Springfield native John Legend will perform a live show on the campus of Clark State Community College on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in support of a nonprofit agency that’s working to make a positive impact on Springfield’s youth with a pre-concert college fair.
The college fair will be held at the Clark State Performing Arts Center (300 Fountain Avenue, Springfield) from 4 to 6 p.m. Area colleges and universities, as well as local non-profit organizations, will be in attendance. Clark State’s Foundation will award a $1,000 scholarship to an attendee of the college fair.
The concert will be held in the same building from 7 to 9 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30. The show will feature local artists, including Vaughn Anthony, and will close with a performance by Legend.
Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at the Clark State Box Office Tuesday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (937) 328-3874.
The college fair/concert is the third Be About It Movement event since December 2012. Anthony, John Legend’s brother, is the founder of the nonprofit and is organizing the event.
The Be About It Movement ~ Building a Better World One Community at a Time
The Be About It Movement celebrates fathers and seeks to motivate them to step up and be involved in their kids’ lives. The agency seeks to leverage the combined strength of all of Springfield’s social agencies to improve the community and support families throughout the region.
In December 2012, the Be About It Movement hosted its first event, the Reviving the City Variety Show at Springfield High School. The event concluded with a mini concert by Legend.
The second event, the Fatherhood Festival, took place in June 2013 at Springfield High School. The event featured Baltimore Raven wide receiver Torrey Smith and the Clark County Fatherhood Commission. It celebrated fathers who are involved in the lives of their children.
About John Legend
Springfield, Ohio, native John Legend is a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter known for his dedicated work as a philanthropist and social activist. He has won nine Grammy Awards, two NAACP Image Awards and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.
His albums Get Lifted, Once Again, Evolver and Wake Up! all debuted at the top of the charts and have demonstrated his musical talent as an artist and performer. Legend has collaborated with artists like Kanye West, The Roots, Andre 3000 and Common, and performed with The Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Lauren Hill and Jay-Z.
Legend has aspired to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2007, he launched the Show Me Campaign, an initiative that uses education to break the cycle of poverty and ensure that every child has the opportunity to shine. He sits on the boards of Teach for America, Stand for Children and the Harlem Village Academies and co-chairs the Harlem Village Academies’ National Leadership Board.
Legend serves on the Advisory Council for Turnaround and is an “IRC Voice” for the International Rescue Committee. He is also the national spokesperson for Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization that assists the next generation of minority business leaders. Legend partners with electronic-manufacturer Samsung to support education initiatives, with a special focus on the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
In his Time 100 tribute to John, Quincy Jones explained, “He is a genius...and we’ve seen only the tip of the iceberg. For all that he has already achieved in his career, it is going to be fun watching where he goes from here.”