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The opening night of the convention will highlight Obama's life story, according to convention organizers. The theme of the program is “One Nation.”

Headline speaker: Michelle

Obama. Barack Obama's half sister and Michelle Obama's older brother also will have roles.

Other scheduled speakers:

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will open the convention.

Sen. Edward Kennedy, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in May, will be the subject of a five-minute video tribute.

Former President Jimmy Carter.

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.


The theme of the night will be “Renewing America's Promise.” Speakers are expected to highlight Obama's economic policies.

Headline prime-time speaker: Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Keynote address: former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.

Other scheduled speakers:

Convention co-chairs Kathleen Sebelius, governor of Kansas, and Janet Napolitano, governor of Arizona.

Govs. Ted Strickland of Ohio, Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania and David Paterson of New York.

Sen. Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania.

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney.


This night, themed “Securing America's Future,” will focus on Obama's foreign policy. It will include a tribute to veterans and active-duty military and their families. State delegations will do a traditional roll call in which Hillary Clinton's name will be placed in nomination alongside Obama's.

Headline speaker: Vice presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Other scheduled speakers:

Former President Bill Clinton will speak on Obama's “commitment to a stronger and safer America,” according to convention organizers.

Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico.

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.

Sens. Evan Bayh of Indiana ,John Kerry of Massachusetts and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia.


Obama's acceptance speech before 75,000 people at Invesco Field at Mile High stadium will be the highlight of a night on “Change You Can Believe In.”

SOURCES: Democratic National Convention, Associated Press