Singer/Songwriter John Legend to Keynote Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 3, 2012 – Nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and philanthropist John Legend will present the keynote address, “An Evening with John Legend,” at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner Jan. 23 at the Show Me Center at Southeast Missouri State University.

The theme of this year’s dinner is “Remembering the Dream: Wake Up to the Future.”

Southeast is pleased to announce two ticket options this year. Dinner tickets are $18. Speaker only tickets, with balcony seating, are $10. Tickets can be purchased beginning Dec. 10 at One hundred free dinner tickets will be available to students beginning Dec. 10 at the Southeast Bookstore. Free speaker only tickets with balcony seating are available to students at For more information, call (573) 651-2524.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. for dinner ticket holders and 6:15 p.m. for student speaker only ticket holders and 6:30 p.m. for community speaker only ticket holders.

Legend has won nine Grammy awards and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. Legend launched his career as a session player and vocalist, contributing to best-selling recordings by Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z and Kanye West before recording his own unbroken chain of Top 10 albums – “Get Lifted” (2004), “Once Again” (2006), and “Evolver” (2008) – each of them reaching #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts. Legend and the band The Roots released “Wake Up!” in 2010, a compilation of music from the ’60s and ’70s all with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement and social consciousness, which won three Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song for their original single “Shine” and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “Hang on in There.” Legend was a judge and featured performer on the summer ABC music show, “Duets. Throughout his career, Legend has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2007, Legend launched the Show Me Campaign, an initiative that uses education to break the cycle of poverty. He was awarded the BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change and the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare. Legend stars in “The People Speak,” a film about social change in the United States and partners with Samsung to support education initiatives, with a special focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.