Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama: 'Treat fear as a challenge' Barack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle The Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness MORE's voter registration efforts are going virtual in light of the coronavirus pandemic — the former first lady is teaming up with DJ D-Nice for what's being dubbed an online #CouchParty.
Organizers say the goal of the nearly three-hour event — which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday — from Obama's nonpartisan organization, When We All Vote, is for volunteers to text 50,000 eligible voters.
"As the country’s reality continues to change in the wake of the coronavirus’ ongoing impact on individuals and communities, When We All Vote is committed to exploring innovative and safe ways to reach voters where they are — at home," the group said in a statement.
DJ D-Nice launched his "Homeschool at Club Quarantine" dance parties on Instagram Live last week to encourage social distancing during the pandemic. The virtual events have attracted hundreds of thousands of people and plenty of public figures, including Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyPrince Harry and Meghan treat Atlanta's King Center to Black-owned food trucks for MLK Day Dr. Oz calls Fauci a 'petty tyrant,' challenges him to debate Best and worst crisis management in 2021 MORE, Jennifer Lopez and 2020 White House hopefuls former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersShame on Biden for his Atlanta remarks — but are we surprised? Overnight Health Care — Biden faces pressure from Democrats on COVID-19 Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown MORE (I-Vt.), along with Obama.
The celebrity DJ's connection to the Obamas goes back to at least 2016, when he served up music at a White House party hosted by then-President Obama and his wife.
Earlier this month, Michelle Obama canceled a planned When We All Vote kickoff rally in Detroit due to coronavirus fears. Obama launched the organization in 2018 with the aim of promoting voter participation. She signed on a number of celebrities to serve as fellow co-chairs for the effort, including "Hamilton's" Lin-Manuel Miranda, country music stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and singer Janelle Monae.