As is tradition, the honorees have a few lines written about them by an equally famous peer. Harry Belafonte, singer, actor and civil rights activist, wrote, “Legend is a wonderful artist.”
“John uses his platform to push for meaningful social change, and the depth of his commitment is to be admired,” he wrote
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Legend, a Springfield North High graduate, donated $500,000 for the renovation of a 700-seat auditorium at the Springfield Center for Innovation: The Dome.
The project, which cost a total of $2 million, was completed in 2016, and Legend attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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