John Legend To Perform At State Dinner
Singer adds to growing list of black artists enlisted to aid in U.S. foreign relations
Presidential watchers have no doubt noticed the Obama administration's subtle push to bring soulful expressions of Black America to the White House.
As part of its State Dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron and Mrs. Samantha Cameron on Wednesday night, Grammy Award-winning R&B singer John Legend will play a few “right” selections.
Heading to DC for the State Dinner with Great Britain at the White House.Me & Mumford & Sons performing tonight!
— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 14, 2012
The dinner program describes Legend as a philanthropist, who has “worked to make a difference in the lives of others” through his “Show Me Campaign, an initiative that uses education to break the cycle of poverty.
To view a PDF of the dinner program, click here. (Check out that mouthwatering menu!)
Legend is just the latest in a line of African American musicians invited to aid Pres. Obama’s foreign relations activities.
- In 2009, Chicago native Jennifer Hudson entertained the Obamas’ first state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mrs. Gursharan Kaur.
- In 2010, entertainment icon Beyonce Knowles performed at the state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala.
- In 2011, afro-futuristic R&B sensation Janelle Monae wowed the attendees of the state dinner for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
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Of course the Obama White House isn’t short on it appreciation of Black music. The President and First Lady are die-hard fans of music icon Stevie Wonder, who they honored during the In Performance series at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
That series has also hosted Sheila E. for a Latin celebration, Jamie Foxx for a Motown tribute, and Darius Rucker for a celebration of country music.