The 2019 ESSENCE Festival® presented by Coca-Cola, the world’s largest cultural, entertainment and empowerment experience and the largest celebration of global Black culture, convenes top world leaders, influencers and creators for its newly reimagined ESSENCE Power Stage. Free and open to the public, the ESSENCE Power Stage will feature conversations and keynote addresses with influencers and artists – plus a culminating all-star Gospel celebration with performances celebrating 25 years of Black women in Gospel music.
The ESSENCE Power Stage will allow audiences to take in a range of empowering conversations with today’s most influential voices, tackling key issues around politics, love and family, activism, wealth and more. For a full lineup of this year’s daytime speakers and artists, visit essence.com/festival.
Initial participants hitting the ESSENCE Power Stage are some of the most influential and legendary voices and performers, who represent our culture and community. **More participants to be announced.
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Donnie McClurkin
Dr. Jess Mary Mary
Erika Alexander Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Jemele Hill Yolanda Adams
Mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver
Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms
Mayor of New Orleans, LaToya Cantrell
Mayor of Rochester, Lovey Warren
Mayor of Baton Rouge, Sharon Weston Broome
Reverend Al Sharpton