After keeping a relatively low profile since leaving the White House, Former first lady Michelle Obama is returning to the public sphere in dramatic fashion.
Mrs. Obama is hitting the road once more to encourage people to show up for the midterms.
Hosting events through her new initiative, When We All Vote, a nonpartisan organization that she launched in July, Obama and various celebrities will promote voter registration, awareness on issues and civic participation.
“The truth is, when we stay home, things stay the same, or they get worse,” Obama said in a public service announcement released Thursday. “But when we all vote, we get new ideas and new energy. We get leaders who share our values and listen to our voices. That’s how we change America.”
Celebrities such as Shonda Rhimes, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Tom Hanks and others will headline events in Atlanta, New York, Chicago and other cities. Obama is slated to speak at one of the first events in Las Vegas on Sunday. Former Obama administration senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is chair of the board of the initiative, said in an email to NBC News that it’s “critically important that everyone show up to vote on Election Day.”
“No matter who you are or who you vote for, your vote is your voice and your voice is your power. We can’t afford to give our power away,” Jarrett said.
Obama has also teamed up with nearly 20 black organizations, including nine predominantly black fraternities and sororities, that will hold events in their own communities, including: National Urban League, the NAACP, Black Girls Vote, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and others.