What’s happening at the Democratic National Convention today

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the convention tonight.

The Sept. 4 schedule for the Democratic National Convention begins with state delegation meetings at host hotels in the morning, followed by caucus and council meetings at the Charlotte Convention Center.

The women’s caucus was meeting in the morning and the LGBT caucus and senior and rural councils were meeting this afternoon in Uptown Charlotte.

After a late-afternoon break, the convention begins at 5 p.m. at the Times Warner Cable Arena, starting with a call to order by Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the Democratic National Committee and a U.S. representative from Florida.

An invocation will follow, then the presentation of colors by the Disabled American Veterans’ Stanly County Chapter 12 Honor Guard, the Pledge of Allegiance by third-graders at W.R. O’Dell Elementary School, the national anthem by Amber Riley of “Glee” and a welcome by Stephen J. Kerrigan, the DNC committee CEO.

Business involves reports from DNC committees, including Bishop Vashti McKenzie, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Los Angeles Mayor and DNC chair Antonio R. Villaraigosa.

Remarks also will be made by U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, DNC treasurer Andrew Tobias and DNC secretary Alice Germond.

The roll call for attendance is set for 6 p.m., followed by the presentation of the platform by U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee of California, retired Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy and New Jersey Mayor Cory A. Booker.

Evening speakers include North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, Ryan Case, SEIU president Mary Kay Henry, U.S. Rep. Charles Gonzalez of Texas, U.S. Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez of New York, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Ohio firefighter Doug Stern, U.S. Sen. candidate Tim Kaine of Virginia, Charlotte Mayor Anthony R. Foxx, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Ken Salazar, U.S. House candidate Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts, singer Ledisi, U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler of Florida, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, openly gay U.S. Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado, National Abortion Rights Action League - Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan, Nate Davis, U.S. House candidate Tammy Duckworth, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, Stacey Lihn, U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra of California, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius, Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, actor Kal Penn, Obama relatives Craig Robinson and Maya Soetoro-ng, women’s rights leader Lilly Ledbetter, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, U.S. House candidate

Joaquin Castro of Texas, keynote speaker Julián Castro, Elaine Brye and first lady Michelle Obama.

Jena Lee Nardella of Blood: Water Mission will deliver the benediction.