Michelle Obama delivered the keynote address at When We All Vote’s Culture of Democracy Summit on June 13, delivering a powerful speech that emphasized the need for federal and individual action to protect and expand voting rights in America.
She opened her speech by acknowledging the grief that has defined the past few weeks, referencing recent shootings in Uvalde, Buffalo, Tulsa, Philadelphia, her hometown of Chicago, and “far too many other communities that are coping with similar tragedies,” she said. But the conversations sparked by these shootings, she said, are reminders that it’s “important for us all to remember that it’s not just about who you vote for. It’s not about whether you’re a Republican or Democrat or independent — this is so much bigger than that. Because right now, when we look around at everything that’s happening when it comes to voting and our democracy, it is clear that we’re seeing a deep discrepancy between what we tell ourselves about this country and what we can see with our own eyes,” she continued. Read more »