After about an hour delay, R&B singer John Legend welcomed the National Urban League to Washington, DC to a sold out concert inside the Kennedy Center. Running late from convention proceedings, Urban Leaguers from around the Nation waited patiently for everyone to arrive to hear the R&B crooner, who is apparently passionate about education.
In it’s centennial celebration, the National Urban League is all about empowering communities and changing lives. During his 45 minute set, Legend reminisced about how Urban Leaguers were prominent in his Ohio neighborhood saying, “I saw them in my community…they gave out scholarships. I hope they’re still doing that now.”
Before he performed classics like “Lifted”, Ordinary People” and “Save Room”, Legend spoke about his passion for education. He rattled off statistics and even name-dropped a Harvard professor to the attentive crowd, often getting cheers.
Still, his biggest hit of the night was Legend‘s performance of “Green Light” that got this convention crowd to it’s feet. Although it was nearing midnight, the concert didn’t show signs of stopping. But of course it eventually did.
Target kept the party going outside of the Kennedy Center in the Target Tent. Target transformed the back of the Kennedy Center into an impromptu nightclub with lounge areas, appetizers and a cocktail bar.
I’m not sure how these Urban Leaguers will get up to hear President Obama speak at 8 a.m. but there’s no doubt they will.
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