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The Culture of Democracy Awards will honor brands, sports teams, volunteers, companies and more at the inaugural Culture of Democracy Summit in Los Angeles

(Washington, DC): When We All Vote announced nominees for the first Culture of Democracy Awards. The winners will be announced at the inaugural Culture of Democracy Summit June 10th-13th in Los Angeles California. The Summit will bring together industry leaders across sectors for a national conversation about protecting and expanding democracy ahead of the midterms and include an in-person keynote speech from When We All Vote Co-Chair and Founder Michelle Obama. 

On Monday, June 13th the full day in-person Culture of Democracy Summit will begin at 9 a.m. PT at the Banc of California stadium culminating with the awards ceremony and Mrs. Obama’s keynote speech that evening. This all day event will include on-site activations, food and an after party for attendees.  

The Culture of Democracy Awards recognizes leaders across industries and communities doing critical work to strengthen and protect democracy through voter registration, mobilization and culture change. The awards will be designed by artist Brandan “BMike” Odums. The full list of Culture of Democracy Award nominees is below:

Grassroots Organizations: Honoring When We All Vote partners working on the ground to mobilize voters at the state level

  • Alabama Forward
  • Black Voters Matter
  • Florida Rising
  • Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda
  • Move Texas
  • Urban League of Philadelphia

Community Partners: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding community partners

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
  • GirlTrek
  • Harness
  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. 

Volunteers: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding volunteer leaders

  • Adrianne, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Washington, DC
  • Becki, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in California
  • Jenalla, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Alabama
  • Lateshia, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Florida
  • Pat, When We All Vote Volunteer Chapter Leader in Mississippi 

Sports: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding athletic partners

  • Atlanta Dream, WNBA
  • Bubba Wallace, NASCAR
  • Jayson Tatum, #MyStartingFive
  • Milwaukee Bucks, NBA
  • Sacramento Kings and RISE, NBA
  • Shaquille O’Neal, #MyStartingFive

My School Votes: Honoring outstanding students and teachers for their participation in My School Votes

  • Chris, Educator at Midtown High School in Georgia
  • Ivory, Educator at Jonesboro High School in Georgia
  • Jeremiah, Student at Renaissance High School in Michigan
  • Meisha, Educator at Aspira Bilingual Cyber Charter School in Pennsylvania
  • Tiffany, Student at Elite Scholars Academy in Georgia
  • Tina, Educator at Stilwell School of the Arts in Georgia

Music: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding music industry partners

  • Common
  • D-Nice
  • EarthGang
  • Fat Joe
  • Sony Music Group
  • Universal Music Group’s Task Force For Meaningful Change

Entertainment: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding entertainment partners

  • Goldman Global Arts
  • Hamilton
  • Live Nation Urban
  • MTV Entertainment Studios
  • United Talent Agency Foundation

Fashion and Beauty: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding fashion and beauty industry partners

  • Aurora James, Founder, Brother Vellies and Fifteen Percent Pledge
  • Gap
  • Levi’s
  • Melody Ehsani

Business Leaders: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding corporate partners

  • Glossier
  • Lime
  • Patagonia
  • Postmates

Creative Alliance: Honoring marketing agencies using their expertise to help shape the culture around voting. 

  • Anomaly
  • Johannes Leonardo
  • Portal A
  • Rhythm
  • Village Marketing Agency, a Wunderman Thompson Company 

Media: Honoring When We All Vote’s outstanding media partners

  • Baller Alert
  • BET 
  • The Shade Room 
  • Watch The Yard

Tech and Platforms: Honoring outstanding technology and platform partners who enable voter education and mobilization

  • BallotReady
  • Community 
  • Impactive 
  • Mobilize 
  • Snapchat 
  • Tumblr

The virtual day of the Summit will be open to the press, and reporters interested in attending in-person on June 13th should email A limited number of in-person press passes will be available. The Summit is being produced by Live Nation Urban and MKG, and ticketing is being supported by When We All Vote partner, Eventbrite. All Summit events, with the exception of a smaller gathering, will be held outside and all events will follow all CDC Covid-19 protocols. More announcements about speakers and the agenda are forthcoming. Tickets and more information are available here.

ABOUT When We All Vote: 

When We All Vote, an initiative of Civic Nation, is a leading national, nonpartisan initiative on a mission to change the culture around voting and to increase participation in each and every election by helping to close the race and age gap. Created by Michelle Obama, When We All Vote brings together individuals, institutions, brands, and organizations to register new voters across the country and advance civic education for the entire family and voters of every age to build an informed and engaged electorate for today and generations to come. We empower our supporters and volunteers to take action through voting, advocating for their rights, and holding their elected officials accountable.

In 2020, When We All Vote ran a robust, multifaceted campaign and reached more than 100 million people to educate them about the voting process and get them registered and ready to vote. The initiative also led in voter education, registration, and volunteer engagement and as a result, 512,000 people started or completed the voter registration process, and nearly 500 media, corporate, and nonprofit partners joined its efforts.

Michelle Obama launched When We All Vote in 2018 and is joined by fellow Co-Chairs Stephen Curry, Becky G, Selena Gomez, Tom Hanks, H.E.R., Liza Koshy, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monae, Chris Paul, Megan Rapinoe, Shonda Rhimes, Bretman Rock, Kerry Washington and Rita Wilson.

When We All Vote is a key initiative within Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organization, and works with Civic Nation Action, a 501(c)(4). These organizations are homes for changemakers who inspire, educate, and activate people around the issues that will define this generation.

ABOUT Civic Nation:

Civic Nation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit home for changemakers who inspire, educate, and activate people around the issues that will define this generation. Civic Nation empowers and educates individuals, companies, institutions and organizations to drive culture, systems, and policy change, working towards a more inclusive and equitable America. Seven initiatives are a part of the Civic Nation family: When We All Vote, United State of Women, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, End Rape On Campus, It’s On Us, Made to Save and We The Action. Learn more.

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