Michelle Obama joins line-up of powerhouse speakers at ESSENCE Festival 2019

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(Last Updated On: May 16, 2019)

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ESSENCE Festival is pulling out all of the stops for its 25th Anniversary celebration and announced today that Michelle Obama has joined the line-up of speakers at this year’s cultural festival to be held in New Orleans Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7, 2019.

On the heels of rounding up her “Becoming” book tour with a final stop in Nashville at the Ryman Auditorium, Michelle Obama will travel to New Orleans to join in the conversation on Saturday, July 6, as a key speaker.

“We are indescribably thrilled and honored to have ‘Forever First Lady’ Michelle Obama as a part of our 25th Anniversary Essence Festival, which will mark our most exciting and extensive programming to date,” Essence Communications CEO Michelle Ebanks said.

“As inspiring and aspirational as it is relatable, Mrs. Obama’s story – told on her own terms – is a remarkable example and celebration of everyday Black women who accomplish extraordinary things, who confront challenges with courage and truth, and who remind us that all things are possible when we support one another. Over 25 years, the Festival has done just that – becoming a cultural home for millions of Black women to honor, celebrate and engage each other in service and sisterhood, laughter and love, and empowerment and community.

In addition to an empowering line-up of speakers and performers, ESSENCE Fest 25 will feature “25 special experiences across four days of entertainment, empowerment and community” in celebration of the festival’s 25th anniversary.

To purchase tickets and for more information on the line-up of speakers and performers,, visit ESSENCE Festival website.