(AllHipHop News) Maybach Music Group artist Wale will join First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House this week for the 2015 Beating the Odds Summit. The Reach Higher initiative event will host more than 130 college-bound students from across the country in Washington, D.C.
Wale will perform for the students from urban, rural, foster, homeless and special-needs backgrounds who have overcome obstacles to make it to college. “The Matrimony” rapper is also set to take part in a panel moderated by E! News co-host Terrence Jenkins which will feature the FLOTUS, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and 1vyG co-founder Manuel Contreras.
“I’m beyond honored & grateful to be involved in the First Lady’s ‘Reach Higher’ initiative and to have the opportunity to sit down with her, as well as perform for the kids of D.C. I believe that the youth are the first step in creating a better country, so to be involved in a program that aims to enrich their lives is truly the greatest reward,” says Wale. “Having grown up in Washington, D.C., being invited to the White House by the First Lady is a dream come true. Thank you to Mrs. Obama and her entire staff for this opportunity.”
The 2015 Beating the Odds Summit is scheduled for Thursday, July 23. In addition, students will participate in workshops and panels led by the U.S. Department of Education, Google’s Jaime Casap, and other leaders in K-12 and post-secondary education.