On Thursday, Janelle Monae made an appearance at Spelman College, however, the artist wasn’t there to perform. Monae visited on the behalf of When We All Vote, an initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama, to encourage students to participate in the upcoming elections. Although, the entertainer did not mention any of the candidates, she did mention all the “Black Girl Magic” on the ballots.
The artist gave a moving story to persuade students to “show up for people who care about us.” Monae recalled her grandmother living in a time where she wasn’t able to vote. She informed students that she voted for her grandmother and that she was her inspiration. Monae also stated that there was a seven percent drop in African American voting. Monae continued her convincing by mentioning some matters like women’s rights and immigration.
“Imagine if that seven percent showed up,” said the artist.
Overall, Janelle Monae made it very clear for all the students to go out to register. Most importantly, she highlighted the importance of showing up at the polls on November 6th.