After introducing a new campaign aimed at girls education, First Lady Michelle Obama fully embraced Queen Bey Saturday (September 26) night.
“Right now, 62 million girls are not in school… they deserve the same chances to get an education as my daughters and your daughters”, Obama told the audience. Partner to Girls Rising, the campaign is part of the Let Girl’s Learn initiative, a government-wide effort meant to help adolescent girls shape their destiny, that Obama announced in March past year. “And honored to follow a woman who I admire and adore”.
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. She said “I see myself in these girls”. Never mind the inaugural ball serenade, the national anthem sung on the Mall, the 50th birthday performance, or the letter Beyoncé wrote Obama thanking her for just being. “I look out and I see lots of global citizens, optimistic, determined, absolutely determined, rejecting the false premise that our challenges are mere fate, with no solutions, and that protecting universal rights is equally universal, because it is”.
Obama then asked the crowd to take to social media and post selfies of themselves with captions that share what they learned in school, using the #62MillionGirls hashtag. But the money goes to military and things that are useless for this world and for society.
18-Year-Old Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai spoke about the importance of education for young girls, flanked by three female activists from Syria, Pakistan and Nigeria.
Backstage was also the same as you star-studded: Everyone from Daniel Craig in to Jay Single grain of – asset female descendant Blue Ivy – appeared to be at this time there. It was by no means a new feature of a Beyonce show, but it felt particularly fitting at this festival.
“I want y’all to feel the connection right now…”
“It is a book and a pen that can change the life of a child; it is not a gun”.