Shining a Light on Racial Reconciliation
As part of our continued work to foster healing and understanding across racial divides, The Clapham Group is proud to be involved with promoting a benefit concert hosted by A+E Networks and iHeartMedia entitled "Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America". The concert will be recorded at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, November 18th and aired on Friday, November 20 at 8PM ET/PT. The event, inspired by the recent tragic shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC will kick off A+E Networks’ campaign to confront issues of race, and promote unity and progress on racial equity.Artists including Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Jamie Foxx, Rhiannon Giddens, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Miguel, Pink, Jill Scott, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Pharrell Williams, will join together to perform for the night.Following the concert, A&E Network will also air a one-hour special entitled, “Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America,” which will feature artists engaging a diverse group of residents in local communities at the center of the national conversation on racial inequality and violence, including Charleston, Baltimore, Chicago and Ferguson. Artists, including Pharrell Williams and John Legend, will spark solutions-focused conversations with community members with varying perspectives, including family members of victims, community leaders, law enforcement officials, clergy and organizations seeking to empower communities by fostering understanding, eliminating bias and addressing inequities that break along racial lines.Proceeds from the concert and post-concert programming will help raise money for the Fund for Progress on Race in America powered by United Way Worldwide. The fund will provide grant funding to individuals and organizations fostering understanding, eliminating bias, as well as provide support to Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church and the broader A.M.E. denomination.