Hudson, who last performed Friday at Madison Square Garden for Pope Francis’ Mass, will sing no fewer than four songs for the upcoming rally organized by education reform group Families for Excellent Schools.
The “American Idol” finalist and “Dreamgirls” actress said she’s participating in the event because she believes children from all backgrounds deserve an equal education.
“I’m standing for education equality because every child deserves access to a great school,” Hudson said.
The Chicago native’s son David Otunga, Jr., 6, started first grade at a school in Manhattan in September. A Hudson spokeswoman wouldn’t say which school the boy attends.
Families for Excellent Schools officials said they expect more than 10,000 people to turn out for their “Stand for School Equality” rally that kicks off at Cadman Plaza and continues across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall.
A spokesman declined to say how much the group would pay Hudson for the performance, and a Hudson spokeswoman wouldn’t say either.
But Hudson is regarded as one of the top-paid entertainers in the nation, earning $2 million in 2013 for just a handful of concert dates, according to Forbes.
She will be joined onstage Wednesday by Grammy winner and hip-hop legend DJ Jazzy Jeff, who will play music for the rally. Rapper Aloe Blacc will speak at the event.
Families for Excellent Schools organized similar rallies in 2013 and 2014 to promote school choice and the growth of publicly funded, privately run charter schools.
Families for Excellent Schools CEO Jeremiah Kittredge said Wednesday’s event will demand bold change to the city’s public schools, which he called an unbalanced system.
“Jennifer Hudson has been an inspiring role model for millions of young children across the country,” Kittredge said. “She’ll be one of many to give voice to the urgent need for students to have access to excellent schools.”