March 27, 2013 at 4:11 PM
We Day sends students away with a message
A long list of performers, celebrities and inspirational speakers told students at Seattle’s We Day to stay committed, stay strong and spread the word that youth activism has real power.
The star-studded lineup included singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, Seattle-based rapper Macklemore, the British Columbia vocal group Hedley, singer Nelly Furtado and others.
Actor Martin Sheen and actress Mia Farrow — both of whom have appeared at previous We Day events – also spoke.
Some 15,000 students and supporters from around the state attended. This was the 24th We Day, and the first in the U.S., put on by the Canadian charity Free the Children.
Big names in attendance included Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who told the crowd he believes in “the chance for every single person in this room to make a difference.”
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