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Posted May 9 , 2013

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Ted Talks

John Legend: "True Colors"

In a heart-melting moment, TED Talks Education host John Legend sits at the piano to sing "True Colors," giving the lyrics a special meaning for kids and teachers. "So don't be afraid / to let them show / your true colors / are beautiful, like a rainbow."

Singer and songwriter John Legend works to break the cycle of poverty through the Show Me Campaign, dedicated to education for all.

Known for his signature vocals and songwriting style, John Legend has released a string of platinum-selling albums, including Get Lifted (2004), Once Again (2006), and Evolver (2008). Most recently, Legend and the legendary hip-hop band The Roots released Wake Up! (2010), a compilation of music from the '60s and '70s with an underlying theme of awareness, engagement and social consciousness -- with tracks like "Little Ghetto Boy" by Donny Hathaway and Baby Huey and the Babysitters' "Hard Times." Wake Up! also includes John’s original composition "Shine," featured in Waiting for ‘Superman.’

Throughout his career, Legend has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2007, he launched the Show Me Campaign, an organization that works to break the cycle of poverty through education. He sits on the boards of Teach for America, Stand for Children and the Harlem Village Academies. He serves on the Advisory Council for Turnaround and is an “IRC Voice” for the International Rescue Committee. John is also the national spokesperson for Management Leadership for Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization that assists the next generation of minority business leaders -- before his musical career, Legend was himself a management consultant at McKinsey.

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