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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is set to follow Barack Obama’s footsteps from the 2004 Democratic National Convention, as he delivers the keynote speech tonight.

The keynote speech is of special significance and has been painted to show who the future leader of the respective party is. Back in 2004, then-Senator Barack Obama was introduced to the nation, and now he’s the president of the US. The keynote speech is a launching pad for politicians, and Castro is already making a milestone as the first Latino keynote speaker at the DNC.

Updated Speakers: 2012 Democratic National Convention Podium Schedule
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
“Americans Coming Together”
Time shown as local – Charlotte, North Carolina, EDT
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM (LOCAL)
Call to Order
The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Member of the US House of Representatives, Florida
His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas
Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Detroit 
Presentation of Colors
Disabled American Veterans, The Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard
Pledge of Allegiance
3rd Grade Class, W.R. O’Dell Elementary School
Concord, North Carolina
National Anthem
Amber Riley
Singer/Songwriter and ‘Glee’ Actress
Stephen J. Kerrigan
Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention Committee
Welcome Video
Presentation of Credentials Committee Report from Co-Chairs
Bishop Vashti McKenzie
First woman Elected as Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
The Honorable Julián Castro
Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
Presentation of Rules Committee Report from Co-Chairs
The Honorable Kamala D. Harris
State Attorney General of California
The Honorable Martin O’Malley
Governor of Maryland
Appointment of Convention Officers
Gaveling-in of Permanent Chair
The Honorable Antonio R. Villaraigosa
Chair of the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee
Mayor of Los Angeles, California
The Honorable Steny Hoyer
Parliamentarian of the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention
Democratic Whip and Member of the US House of Representatives, Maryland
Andrew Tobias
Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee
Alice Germond
Secretary of the Democratic National Committee
Roll Call for Attendance
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (LOCAL)
Platform Committee Remarks
The Honorable Barbara Lee
Member of the US House of Representatives, California
Lieutenant General Claudia Kennedy (Retired)
First woman to reach rank of three-star general in the US Army
Platform Video and Remarks
The Honorable Cory A. Booker
Mayor of Newark, New Jersey
The Honorable Bev Perdue
Governor of North Carolina
American Hero Video: Education
American Voices Remarks
Ryan Case
Mary Kay Henry
International President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Remarks from Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The Honorable Charles Gonzalez
Member of the US House of Representatives, Texas
Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The Honorable Nydia M. Velázquez
Member of the US House of Representatives, New York
The Honorable Pat Quinn
Governor of Illinois

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