Slated to perform at the President’s official Inaugural Ball this Monday, seven-time Grammy Award-winning artist John Legend made a special appearance at Shiloh Baptist Church on Saturday in Shaw to promote a new documentary, “The House I Live In,” which highlights the devastating effects of the drug war on minority communities.
The film, a Sundance Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner, has already been screened in churches and schools in 70 cities across 35 states nation-wide, and the DC stop– just two days before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and President Obama’s second inauguration– was no coincidence.
We want to put this issue on Washington’s radar, said filmmaker Eugene Jarecki to a packed audience, joined by Executive Producer Danny Glover as well as Harvard Law Professor/Obama adviser Charles Ogletree and House Representative Robert Scott (D-VA), who recently proposed related legislation. The four participated in a panel discussion after the screening… and Legend’s live performance of the film’s namesake song “The House I Live In.”
The film is available on iTunes through Tuesday for 99 cents.