In this file photo, first lady Michelle Obama addresses a crowd at Time Warner Cable Arena during the 2012 CIAA basketball tournament, where she promoted her “Let’s Move” initiative to combat childhood obesity. (Photo: Jon Strayhorn of Media Arts Collective.)


It probably should come as no surprise, but Michelle Obama has been added as a keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic convention.

The first lady has enormous star power, especially with African American women. She will speak on opening night, Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Time Warner Cable Arena.

The Democratic National Convention Committee and Obama for America also announced Tuesday that San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro will speak on opening night, making him the first Latino keynote speaker at a Democratic National Convention.

To watch a new video of Castro discussing his convention speech, click here:

“Having both the First Lady and Mayor Castro speak on the opening night of our convention will bring together two incredible leaders whose life stories both embody the promise of America, that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who serves as convention chair, said in a prepared statement. “The First Lady is an inspiration to millions of Americans, and has been a tireless advocate for military families and our nation’s children. As the person who knows him best, she will offer unique insights into the president as a husband, father and a leader over the last four years.”

On Monday, convention officials announced that former president Bill Clinton would deliver a keynote speech.

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