Musicians Encourage Voter Registration in Virtual Roots Picnic Event
Celebrities and performers encourage voter registration at the Roots Picnic virtual concert hosted by Michelle Obama.
Tracee Ellis Ross, Chris Paul, H.E.R. and others will perform in the 13th annual Roots Picnic event on Saturday.
Usually, the hip-hop/R&B music festival is hosted in Philly, but this year the Roots Picnic will be completely virtual. The event also changed things up this year by partnering with Michelle Obama’s nonprofit When We All Vote to help people register to vote.
This Saturday, in partnership with @whenweallvote, we’re celebrating the 13th annual #RootsPicnic with a virtual experience! Streaming exclusively on @youtube Saturday at 8pm EST/5pm PST, be sure to RSVP by clicking the link in our bio and remember to register to vote! 🎶🗳 pic.twitter.com/uervPYSjGq
— Roots Picnic (@rootspicnic) June 25, 2020
Co-hosted by Michelle Obama herself, this event will feature various young and popular Hip-hop, R&B and gospel artists. Performers include H.E.R., Lil Baby and SZA, with guest appearances and pre-recorded segments from Janelle Monáe, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Liza Koshy.
To promote the event, Michelle Obama, Kerry Washington, and Chris Paul all shared videos about Roots Picnic and voter registration on social media.
SOOOOO excited to join my @WhenWeAllVote cochairs at the #RootsPicnic. @MichelleObama, @traceeellisross, @Lin_Manuel, @CP3, @LizaKoshy, & @JanelleMonae. See you there!!! Saturday 8pm ET https://t.co/QGxEHG6lDJ pic.twitter.com/4bEYEvisWH
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) June 26, 2020
Through partnering with When We All Vote, The Roots hope to engage with as many as 500,000 underrepresented voters, especially Black individuals aged 21-35. The hip hop group hopes to inspire communities to use their votes for direct action against injustice.
I’ll be at the #RootsPicnic tomorrow with @MichelleObama, @TraceeEllisRoss, @Lin_Manuel, @KerryWashington, @LizaKoshy, @JanelleMonae and many MORE!! We want to get you and as many eligible voters registered to vote! Tune in for a music experience like we’ve never seen before ✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/LS8lIG0q8U
— Chris Paul (@CP3) June 26, 2020