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We’ve got so much in store for the 2019 ESSENCE Festival and ESSENCE is now honored to announce that Forever First Lady Michelle Obama will be joining the ESSENCE Festival lineup.

Making her debut at the Festival as we celebrate 25 years of moving the culture forward, the global icon and best-selling author will take part in a special keynote conversation on the Superdome mainstage on Saturday, July 6. All Saturday Superdome ticket holders will have the opportunity to see Mrs. Obama speak.

“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.”

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