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November 18, 2015

All-Star Concert and TV Show Back United Way Race Effort

Bruce Springsteen, Pharrell Williams, and other star musicians will perform Wednesday at a benefit concert to promote racial justice and reconciliation, the Associated Press and United Press International report. Ticket sales for "Shining a Light: a Concert for Progress on Race in America" at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles raised more than $150,000 for the Fund for Progress on Race in America, an effort of United Way Worldwide.

Pink, Sting, John Legend, Smokey Robinson, and Ed Sheeran are also among about 20 prominent artists and bands in the lineup announced Tuesday. The show will be taped for a  two-hour program airing Friday on A&E television networks, followed by a one-hour program, "Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America," that will delve into inequality and the unrest over violence and policing in Baltimore, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere.

"We feel like for the first time a major network was very generous and open to the concept of there being a platform for people in communities to voice their opinions and talk about their stories," Mr. Williams said.