AT&T will hold its 28 Days speaker series for the first time in Raleigh on Wednesday, February 8th. The campaign which highlights empowering African Americans throughout Black History month will feature activist and author Kevin Powell. This year the event will include a 7 city tour filled with powerful motivational speeches from many of today’s most influential and inspiring African Americans, and will be hosted by award winning rapper, actor, author, and activist Common.

AT&T created the 28 days series in 2009 to “highlight the month of February as more than a reflection of the past, but as an unimaginable footprint to what the future holds beyond Black History month.” AT&T says that the event will inspire consumers to achieve their dreams.

“We are now in the fourth year of the AT&T 28 Days and we continue to recognize past achievements, while engaging and challenging customers to make their own history today,” said Jennifer Jones, vice president of Diverse Markets, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.”

Raleigh, NC was one of the new cities added to the tour this year along with Cleveland, Ohio; Dallas, TX; Detroit, MI.

Other speakers on the tour include Holly Robison Peete, Mario Armstong, Jeff Johnson, Desiree Rogers, and Michael Eric Dyson.

“I am glad to return as host of the AT&T 28 Days speaker series. AT&T 28 days is a movement and it feels good to be a part of something that has the potential to shape our future and move us forward as a people,” Common said.

The speakers series event is free and open to the general public. Tickets are available at att.com/28days on a first come, first serve basis. In addition to this, 3 of the series speakers will stream live during the event.

The AT&T speaker series is one of the ways that AT&T supports the African American community and is a reflection of AT&T’s longstanding commitment to empowering diverse communities.

For more information about the AT&T 28 Day speaker series and other black history events from the company visit their website.