Today, the first-ever U.S. We Day kicks off in Seattle with a remarkable lineup of speakers and performers, including Magic Johnson,Jennifer Hudsonand Seattle Seahawks Head Coach, Pete Carroll, taking the stage to inspire 15,000 young people at the KeyArena at Seattle Center. An initiative of international charity and educational partner Free The Children, We Day is the world's largest youth empowerment event of its kind, created to ignite students' passion to be active global citizens.
Surprising the electric crowd of students and teachers from nearly 400 middle and high schools across the state are today's hottest, chart-topping artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, as well as renowned singer and Free The Children ambassador Demi Lovato, sending an inspiring live Skype message all the way from Moscow.
Leading the audience throughout the day are hosts Munro Chambers and Melinda Shankar from the hit television series DEGRASSI and international activists and co-founders of Free The Children, Craig and Marc Kielburger. Teachers and students will also hear from favorite fictional presidents young and old, including YouTube sensationKid President and actor and activist Martin Sheen, as well as from Martin Luther King III, NBA All-Star Gary Payton, motivational speaker, actor and former U.S Army soldier, J.R. Martinez, Grammy® award-winning performer Nelly Furtado and quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson, among others.