Common, Usher, The Roots and More to Perform at Ceremony Honoring Lynching Victims in Alabama

Common, Usher, The Roots, and more will perform in Alabama to commemorate memorial to lynching victims.

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Usher Common

Common, Usher, The Roots, and more will be performing at The Concert for Peace and Justice to commemorate the opening of a memorial for lynching victims in Montgomery, Alabama.

"So proud to lend my voice in support of the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice & Legacy Museum," tweeted Usher.

Dave Matthews Band, Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes, Jon Batiste, Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs, Robert Glasper, Valerie June, Greg Phillinganes, Alabama State University Choir, and "very special guests," are also slated to perform.

Along with the musical performances, there will also be several discussions which will feature notables like Rep. John Lewis, former Vice President Al Gore, Ava DuVernay, Janet Mock, and more.

The memorial, which was implemented by Equal Justice Initiative law firm, will coincide with the opening of The Legacy Museum, a "one-of-a-kind narrative museum" which will use interactive media, sculptures and videography to "immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the domestic slave trade, racial terrorism, the Jim Crow South, and the world’s largest prison system."

"There is still so much to be done in this country to recover from our history of racial inequality," said EJI Director Bryan Stevenson in a previous statement. "I'm hopeful that sites like the ones we are building and conversations like the ones we're organizing will empower and inspire people to have the courage to create a more just and healthy future. We can achieve more in America when we commit to truth-telling about our past."

The events will take place from April 26-27, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in downtown Montgomery, Alabama.

Tickets prices start at $51.50 and can be purchased here or by phone at 800-745-3000. Prices vary for the memorial and museum tickets. The full schedule of events can also be seen here.

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