WASHINGTON — First Lady Michelle Obama will address the opening night of the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, the Obama campaign and convention organizers announced Tuesday.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro — like the first lady and the president, a graduate of Harvard Law — will deliver the keynote speech that evening, organizers said. Castro will be the first Latino tapped for a keynote speech at a Democratic National Convention, they said.
The convention, held in Charlotte, N.C., will run through Sept. 6.
“Having both the first lady and Mayor Castro speak on the opening night of our convention will bring together two incredible leaders whose life stories both embody the promise of America, that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it,” said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the convention chairman.
He said the first lady will “offer unique insights into the president as a husband, father and a leader over the last four years.” Michelle Obama won plaudits for her speech to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.