Former first lady Michelle Obama will tour the country in September for a week of events encouraging people to vote in the midterm elections.
Obama announced the Sept. 22-29 “week of action” in a video on Monday, which was the 53rd anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“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 says 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 action is part of When We All Vote, a nonpartisan voter registration initiative that Obama launched last month with a team of A-list celebrities, including actor Tom Hanks, singer and actress Janelle Monáe, and “Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
In the video, Obama does not specify which of the events she plans to attend. The When We All Vote gatherings are scheduled in cities around the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Houston, Miami, Detroit and Pittsburgh.