WASHINGTON (WWJ/AP) – President Barack Obama will travel to Detroit on Sept. 5 to speak at the city’s annual Labor Day festivities, a spokesperson for the AFL-CIO told WWJ Newsradio 950 on Monday.
The White House confirmed Obama will speak at a Labor Day event sponsored by the Metro Detroit Central Labor Council.READ MORE: Juneteenth Not Only a Holiday At The Barack Obama Leadership Academy, Its Part Of The Curriculum, And Has Been Over 20 Years
WWJ spoke with Saundra Williams, President of the Detroit AFL-CIO which is planning the city’s annual Labor Day Parade.
“We are so pleased that he’ll be here. He’s done a lot for Michigan,” said Williams. “For all of those folks that, you know, don’t have jobs … it’s just a little inspiration and encouragement for them to come out and join with us.”READ MORE: Michigan Reports 162 New COVID-19 Cases, 14 Deaths
The last time Obama made an appearance at the parade was in 2008… a few months before he was elected. The September 5th parade “steps off” at 9:30 in the morning along Woodward and Michigan Avenues. The parade traditionally attracts thousands of labor union members and their families.
This will be Obama’s second trip to Michigan in a month. Obama visited a battery plant in Holland, Mich., on Aug. 11. Obama has touted his administration’s work to rescue General Motors and Chrysler, which are both headquartered in the Detroit area.MORE NEWS: Farmington Hills Fire Department To Offer CPR Class On July 15
The Associated Press contributed to this report.