The Salem Advocate Award is given to recognized leaders in their field who use their platform to raise voices and advocate for human rights and social justice. They help amplify social injustice issues and provide needed support to enact social change. In doing so they embrace the mission and values of Voices Against Injustice.
Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and retired Salem State University president Pat Meservey present John Legend with the Salem Advocate Award.
Singer songwriter John Legend was the first recipient of The Salem Advocate for Social Justice Award. He was honored for his work to curb mass incarceration and provide access to education through his nonprofit: The Show Me Campaign.