Former First Lady Michelle Obama is hitting the road this September for a week as a part of a national push to register new voters for the midterm elections. She made the announcement in a video posted on Monday for When We All Vote, a nonpartisan voter registration initiative.
Obama is one of the co-chairs of the organization, along with other celebrities including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Chris Paul and Janelle Monáe. The “Week of Action” will take place from Sept. 22-29 and marks the 53rd anniversary of the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a law that prohibits racial discrimination in the voting process.
“Sometimes it’s easy to forget all the work it took to get this law passed. All the organizing and marching. All the volunteers who registered voters. All the folks who, even if they knew they’d be turned away at the polls, stood up time and again for their right to vote,” Obama said in the video. “Today, we want to honor their legacy and continue their work to ensure that every eligible American casts their vote. Work that is far from finished.”
The week of events are scheduled in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, Houston, Detroit and Pittsburgh.
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