Stacey Abrams and 16 other rising stars to deliver keynote address at DNC

The Democratic National Convention will take place over four nights starting on August 17.

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After previous reports that Stacey Abrams had not been scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention, the schedule has been updated. 

Abrams, a rising star in the party, will deliver a joint keynote address on Tuesday night. A total of 17 speakers will address the evening’s theme, “Leadership Matters,” offering a “diversity of different ideas” and “perspectives on how to move America forward,” according to a press release.

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“Amidst all of the chaos and crises our nation is facing, Democrats are focused on finding new and innovative ways to engage more Americans than ever before—because that’s how we’ll mobilize the nation to defeat Donald Trump in November,” said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. 

“The convention keynote has always been the bellwether for the future of our party and our nation, and when Americans tune in next week, they’ll find the smart, steady leadership we need to meet this critical moment.”

Abrams will be joined by speakers who include: Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta, South Carolina State Sen. Marlon Kimpson, and Nevada State Sen. Yvanna Cancela.

Reps. Colin Allred of Texas and Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania will also join. 

Mayor Randall Woodfin, the youngest mayor in over a century in Birmingham, Alabama, and State Rep. Sam Park of Georgia, the first openly gay man elected to that state’s legislature, will also join. 

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The Democratic National Committee has offered over a dozen ways to watch the convention, many are detailed in a YouTube video. 

The Democratic National Convention will take place over four nights starting on August 17, 2020. Convention programming will air from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. eastern time. Additional speakers, including national leaders, advocates, and celebrities may continue to be announced in the coming days.

The official live stream for the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be hosted on

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