Last year John Legend and Common wrote and performed the song “Glory” from Selma, earning the duo the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, and after an emotional performance of the empowering song, they dedicated the Oscar to the ongoing struggle for equal rights. Now, Legend is using another classic song to promote racial equality with help from A&E Networks.
Legend will appear in the networks’ special, Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, which will air on networks including A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, H2, LMN, FYI, and iHeartRadio digital platforms, Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.ET. The two-part special includes a concert and a conversation about race relations, in which Legend heads to Ferguson, Missouri with NPR’s Michele Norris. At the scene of 2014’s protests following Michael Brown’s death, Legend gives a touching performance of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
Legend will also perform at the two-hour concert that airs prior to his Ferguson visit. Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Sia, Ed Sheeran, and many others will also take the stage at the Concert for Progress on Race in America.
See a sneak peek of Legend’s moving rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”: