Soul star and Brooklyn native Maxwell spoke with 1010 WINS' Sharon Barnes-Waters about his upcoming Black Summer Night For Social Justice.

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City Views: Maxwell Brings ‘Black Summer Night For Social Justice’ To Queens

April 26, 2018 - 5:00 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Soul star and Brooklyn native Maxwell will be launching his 'Black Summer Night For Social Justice' in Queens this August.

The special evening is aimed at sparking action on a range of civil rights issues. Earlier this week Maxwell spoke with 1010 WINS' Sharon Barnes-Waters about his inspiration for the event.

“I was inspired by a lot of the youth. I feel like a lot of the kids that are standing up and making their voices heard; Black Lives Matter, March For Our Lives, you know I was also involved in the Woman’s March -- the first annual one and then I went to L.A. for the second one.  I have always cared about social causes, not really been so flashy about it because I feel just do good to do good, but in light of the climate right now and what we see happening right now it would be great to bring people together in Forest Hills, Queens and just have them come together from all walks of life. Wherever you are from we are all together in this world and that’s what this is all about," he said.

Maxwell also reflected on the social justice movements of his own youth.

“They are speaking out and doing it in incredible ways and it’s been inspirational for me. As a person who has been a huge fan of Mr. Harry Belafonte, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, these are things that we knew and to see what they are doing now and for me to be part of creating a festival with the friends that are now going to join us; Jazmine Sullivan, DVSN, Fantasia and many more we don’t want to say yet -- it’s just great,” he said.

He said it was easy to get artists to come aboard.

"Everyone was really ready to go.  Mc Lyte, she did the promo for our voice and she just did it and said just donate to my cause and basically everyone was working like that. It's not about making money, we really are going to come together and raise funds and then focus those funds out to the Me Too movement to Artists for Peace and Justice etc.,” he said.

Maxwell said he hopes the concert will be the first of an annual event that focuses on various social issues.

“It’s just the general consensus of all issues, social justice issues that we all face from gender to everything because all of it is a human experience and a human matter,” he said.

Proceeds from the event will go to Me Too, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and additional organizations.