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Tom Hanks to headline Pittsburgh voter registration event Sept. 25

| Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, 4:12 p.m.
U.S. President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Academy Award winner, filmmaker and social justice advocate Tom Hanks during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Academy Award winner, filmmaker and social justice advocate Tom Hanks during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Tom Hanks will headline a voter registration event in Pittsburgh in two weeks, the nonprofit organization When We All Vote announced Wednesday.

Hanks, a co-chairman of the organization, will appear at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum to “fire up voters before Election Day,” according to the announcement.

“Voting is a small act that proves that we are a democracy — a government of the people and by the people,” Hanks said in the announcement. “It’s up to each and every one of us to make sure our government doesn’t just represent a small some — not just the most powerful — but all of us. When we all vote, we are making strides toward a more perfect union.”

Hanks has been in Pittsburgh shooting the movie, “You Are My Friend,” about Fred Rogers’ friendship with journalist Tom Junod.

Also participating in the Pittsburgh event will be Steelers running back James Conner, team executive Jim Rooney and Kiya Tomlin, coach Mike Tomlin’s wife. People can register online for the event.

The Pittsburgh voter registration event is part of a “week of action” in which When We All Vote is holding events with other celebrities around the country.

Michelle Obama, a co-chairwoman of the organization, announced the week of events in a video on the organization’s website.

Wesley Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Wesley at 412-380-5676, wventeicher@tribweb.com or via Twitter @wesventeicher.

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