The 2015 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park was filled with incredible performers including Ariana Grande, Pearl Jam, and Beyonce as well as plenty of other celebrities and entrepreneurs looking to increase global development. However, after a busy week of meeting the Pope and having dinner with the Chinese president, nobody expected to be in the presence of our lovely First Lady.
First, a videotape was aired during the show showing Michelle Obama announcing her plans to increase educational opportunities for the 62 million girls around the world who are currently not in school.
“I see my daughter in these girls. These girls are our girls and I simply can’t walk away from them,” Obama proclaimed on the tape.
After Beyonce’s hour and change long and might I add phenomenal performance, the star also known for her advocacy for women, introduced the First Lady and the two embraced momentarily before Beyonce gave her the stage.
Obama called for the supporters of her campaign to post pictures of themselves on Twitter and Instagram with a caption telling what they learned in school followed by the hashtag #62MillionGirls. Partner to Girls Rising, the campaign is part of the Let Girl’s Learn initiative, a government-wide effort intended to help adolescent girls shape their destiny, that Obama announced in March last year.
Stars including host of the Festival Kerry Washington and thousands of supporters shared their stories on social media almost immediately. If the educational reform for these young girls is something you can get behind, and you should, tell them what you learned in school and be the change you want to see in the world!