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John Legend Hopes A&E Special will Help People Learn from Each Other


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John Legend has high hopes for A&E’s upcoming special, Shining Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, which addresses racial inequality and violence in the U.S.

During an interview with USA Today, the singer reveals his ideal scenario after the special airs Friday night, November 20.

“I want all of us to learn from each other. I think it’s important that we have conversations so we learn how our words affect each other, how structural racism that so many of us experience affects us and what we can all do to try to make our country better,” Legend says. “I think if people really pay attention, they’ll start to learn ways in which they can contribute to the conversation and contribute to progress and I think overall, the key with thinking about racism is seeing each other’s humanity.”

The special will also include performances from Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams, Smokey Robinson, Miguel, Tori Kelly, Jill Scott, and Jamie Foxx, with LL Cool J, Morgan Freeman and Nicki Minaj presenting.   Viewers will also have the opportunity During the special to donate money to The United Way Worldwide-sponsored Fund for Progress on Race in America. 

Shining Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America airs tonight beginning at 8 p.m., on A&E and

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