Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, campaigning in Washington State in March 2016 (Photo art: Andrew Villeneuve/NPI)

In the wake of Don­ald Trump’s vice pres­i­den­tial selec­tion announce­ment, the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion Com­mit­tee (DNCC) has unveiled the speak­ing line­up for the 2016 DNC, which will take place in Philadel­phia, Penn­syl­va­nia, fol­low­ing the Repub­li­can Nation­al Con­ven­tion in Cleve­land next week.

“While Repub­li­can lead­er­ship con­tin­ues to run away from Don­ald Trump, and refuse to par­tic­i­pate in the upcom­ing Repub­li­can con­ven­tion, the Demo­c­ra­t­ic con­ven­tion will show­case enor­mous­ly pop­u­lar nation­al lead­ers, ris­ing stars from across the coun­try and a diverse range of every­day Amer­i­cans who will inspire the nation,” read an announce­ment from the DNCC and Hillary Clin­ton’s campaign.

Here’s a pre­view of each night’s speak­ing line­up and theme:

Mon­day: Unit­ed Together
Fea­tur­ing First Lady Michelle Oba­ma, Sen­a­tor Bernie Sanders and DREAM­er Astrid Silva
Gav­el time expect­ed at 3:00 PM

Mon­day will focus on putting the future of Amer­i­can fam­i­lies front and cen­ter and how we’re stronger togeth­er when we build an econ­o­my that works for every­one, not just those at the top and when every­one has a chance to live up to their God-giv­en poten­tial. DREAM­er Astrid Sil­va will share her sto­ry and her fight to keep fam­i­lies together.

Tues­day: A Life­time of Fight­ing for Chil­dren and Families
Fea­tur­ing Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton and Moth­ers of the Movement
Gav­el time expect­ed at 4:00 PM

Tues­day will fea­ture the roll call vote and how Hillary has spent her entire career work­ing to make a dif­fer­ence for chil­dren, fam­i­lies, and our coun­try. The Moth­ers of the Move­ment par­tic­i­pat­ing include Gwen Carr, Moth­er of Eric Gar­ner; Syb­ri­na Ful­ton, Moth­er of Trayvon Mar­tin; Maria Hamil­ton, Moth­er of Don­tré Hamil­ton; Lucia McBath, Moth­er of Jor­dan Davis; Lez­ley McSpad­den, Moth­er of Michael Brown; Cleopa­tra Pendle­ton-Cow­ley, Moth­er of Hadiya Pendle­ton; Gene­va Reed-Veal, Moth­er of San­dra Bland.

Wednes­day: Work­ing Together
Fea­tur­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma and Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden
Gav­el time expect­ed at 4:30 PM

On Wednes­day speak­ers will take an in-depth look at just how high the stakes are in this elec­tion and how Hillary has the expe­ri­ence and steadi­ness to bring peo­ple togeth­er to tack­le the big chal­lenges and get real results.

Thurs­day: Stronger Together
Hillary Clin­ton and Chelsea Clinton
Gav­el time expect­ed at 4:30 PM

On the final day of the con­ven­tion, Hillary will speak about her vision for our coun­try – her belief that we are stronger togeth­er and that Amer­i­ca is at its best when we work togeth­er to solve our problems.

No speak­ing role has yet been announced for Eliz­a­beth Warren.

But War­ren fans should­n’t pan­ic — addi­tion­al speak­ers are going to be announced in the com­ing days and she is almost cer­tain to have a speak­ing role, although what that role is will depend on whether or not she is cho­sen as Clin­ton’s run­ning mate. (Were she not being con­sid­ered, she’d prob­a­bly already be on the list.)

In 2012, War­ren was billed as the warmup speak­er for Bill Clin­ton, although in our view, her remarks were just as com­pelling as his.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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