Six-Time Grammy Awards Nominee Janelle Monáe To Perform at Rally to End Statewide Failing Schools Crisis

Rally to End Statewide Failing Schools Crisis Expected to Have 8,000 Attendees

New York, NY – Six-time Grammy nominee and education advocate Janelle Monáe will perform at Families for Excellent Schools rally in Albany to end New York’s failing schools crisis on Wednesday, March 4. Former WNBA star Lisa Leslie will also appear at Wednesday’s rally. Eight thousand parents, students, and teachers are expected at the rally tomorrow.

“It’s heartbreaking to know that there are 800,000 New York kids falling through the cracks every year,” said Monáe“I am honored to stand with families demanding an end to this crisis.”

The #DontStealPossible rally on Wednesday, March 4th will call on state leaders to move beyond bureaucratic tweaks and make bold, structural change to end the crisis. More than 80 schools across New York State are expected to attend, along with parents from traditional NYC public schools.

“Children around the country are having their dreams stolen due to failing schools,” said Leslie. “This situation is a crisis, and I’m standing with thousands of New Yorkers because we need to see the sort of bold change that puts every child in an excellent school.”

In July, Monáe was presented with the Jane Ortner Education Award by First Lady Michelle Obama, recognizing an artist’s dedication to education through the arts. Monáe is an award-winning soul and R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer.

As the face of women’s basketball and a four-time Olympic gold medalist, Leslie is a nationally renowned athlete, advocate, and author. Leslie’s illustrious career as the face of women’s basketball spans four gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic teams and three WNBA MVP awards.



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