Talib Kweli to “Rock the Vote” for Free

Hip-hop star headlines voter registration event at Community College of Philadelphia

Rapper Talib Kweli is performing for free Tuesday in an attempt to get Philadelphians, especially young people, registered to vote.

Kweli is headlining the Community College of Philadelphia’s “National Voter Registration Day” “Rock the Vote” concert.

“It is meant to be a broad advocacy not just for our students but for the public at large,” said CCP President Dr. Stephen Curtis.

That’s right; it’s a free for all event. Besides Kweli, Miss America Olivia Culpo and DJ Jeffery Tonnesen will also make appearances from noon to 4 p.m. on 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill Streets.

The idea of the free show is to get people to vote in November's presidential election.

Organizers of National Voter Registration Day (#925NVRD) outreach say in 2008, as many as six million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a deadline or didn’t know how to register.

With new photo identification rules to vote in Pennsylvania this November, school officials have added expiration dates to student IDs so that every student meets the needed requirement.

“We want our students to be actively engaged and if we can do something that will really help them ensure that they will be able to vote -- problem free -- then we're happy to do that,” said Curtis.

NBC10's parent companies NBC Universal and Comcast are some of the sponsors of the free concert.

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