The WE Day season ends with a bang in California.
Photography by Sara Cornthwaite and Kato Caesar
This year in California, WE Day set a new bar. The Forum hosted a legendary lineup that will proudly will live on in the annals of WE Day history as some of our most inspiring moments yet. Most importantly, WE fueled and inspired 16,000 youth in attendance on April 27 to continue their push to create a better world.
We are sincerely grateful to our co-title sponsors Allstate Foundation and Unilever, as well as RBC and City National Bank for their support of our guest experiences. Their support empowers us and our students and educators to continue their journey to make real change and made WE Day California possible.
Below, a few highlights from the big day…
Alicia Keys gave a heartfelt performance of Holy War.
The WE Day audience proudly waved their phones high in the air for Alicia’s performance of “Holy War.” After Alicia laid it down on the keys to a glowing arena, she told WE Day guests, “I love you, and I’m proud of you.”
DJ Khaled shared his wisdom.
The crowd was ecstatic to welcome DJ Khaled to the stage and grateful when he gave his slice of advice, “don’t wait for someone else to challenge you—challenge yourself.”
Mpumi Nobiva “came as one, but stood as 3.7 million orphans in South Africa.”
The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Graduate told the story of how her mother, before passing from AIDS, made Mpumi promise that she would work hard in school and never give up her faith. Mpumi gave a shout-out to her mentor Oprah, who surprised the crowd with her attendance!
Laverne Cox championed “trans is beautiful.”
The Orange is the New Black actress gave a speech that reminded the WE Day audience that to better the world, we have to embrace our own identities and be proud of who we are. A champion of the LGBTQ community, Laverne is the first transgender person to appear on the cover of TIME Magazine.
Josh Gad joked with Fozzie Bear.
Josh Gad shared some laughs with Muppets Fozzie Bear, Statler and Waldorf, and addressed how to respect others. He advises it’s best not to bring people down, when they’re trying their best—we need to rise up and support one another.
Lizzie Velasquez gave some sage social media advice.
Anti-bullying activist, motivational speaker, author, and host of Unzipped with Lizzie Velasquez speaks from her own experience when it comes to dealing with bullying online. Facing threats and abuse directed online, Lizzie decided that rather than take it personally, she would dedicate her work to championing a message of acceptance. Thank you, Lizzie!
We are sincerely grateful for all of the work that you have done to impact the world locally and globally. The epic celebrations in every WE Day city mirrored your passion and dedication for a better world.
Make sure you stay tuned for the date and time of this year’s WE Day Broadcast!