WATCH: ‘Field of Flags’ lighting ceremony honors U.S. states and territories ahead of Biden’s inauguration
WATCH: ‘Call to Unite’ draws former presidents, artists, community leaders
Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will be some of the leaders and luminaries appearing in a 24-hour “streamathon” aimed at encouraging acts of service during this time of global pandemic and hardship.
Oprah, Yo-Yo Ma, Questlove, Julia Roberts, T.D. Jakes and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company are also expected to appear, among many others.
The celebration begins at 8 p.m. ET on Friday. Watch live in our player above.
The event, called “The Call to Unite,” was organized by a nonprofit run by Timothy Shriver, who has been the long-term chairman of the Special Olympics.
“Something is happening in the world. We can all sense it, feel it, see it. It’s terrifying. It’s disrupting. It’s calling on us to change,” Shriver wrote in an open letter, adding, “We need to unite.”
Viewers are encouraged to find one way to help someone else over the course of the day, including making a donation, volunteering or “sharing a story of hope and compassion,” according to the website.
Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision with a show of support for a nation gripped by war
‘Faces Of COVID’ memorializes Americans who have died during the pandemic
Detention of WNBA star Brittney Griner in Russia extended another month, lawyer says
‘Philip Guston Now’ portrays art of controversial and confrontational painter
A Brief But Spectacular take on the power of documentary filmmaking
Beyond the Canvas: Art is all around us
Celebrity chef Mario Batali acquitted of sexual misconduct allegations
Coalition of librarians, teachers and publishers forms to fight book bans
Atlanta rapper Young Thug arrested on gang charges