John Legend was presented with a prestigious award last night in DC:
The Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award is presented at the Dinner to an outstanding citizen who has dedicated himself or herself to improving the quality of life for the people of Africa. The 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award will be presented to acclaimed musician and humanitarian, John Legend. Mr. Legend has worked tirelessly to end poverty in Africa through his “Show Me Campaign.” He has also worked with college students around the country to raise awareness of the effects of poverty in Africa, providing ways for students and others to get involved through his Poverty Action Tour. His selection underscores the important voice that a new generation brings to all of our efforts.
The Dinner is attended by more than 2,000 international, government and corporate leaders. Since the first Bishop Walker Dinner in 1990, honorees have included Africa’s first elected female Head of State, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia; former U.S. Presidents, George W. Bush, William J. Clinton and Jimmy Carter; former South African President, Nelson Mandela; government officials such as former Secretary of State, Colin Powell; and former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young; as well as notable activists such as Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu, Dr. Dorothy Height, and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates.
We also heard Dave Chapelle was in the building and donated $25,000. This is the stuff we like to see…Congrats to John.