updated 07/04/2014 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/04/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
On a day devoted to a nation charting its own course, Robin Roberts will help celebrate the Essence Festival in New Orleans on Friday afternoon with a talk on empowerment called “Sisters in the Name of Love,” beginning at 2:25 p.m.
The Good Morning America co-anchor, 53, who has survived cancer and bravely empowered others in their fight, kicks off a jam-packed weekend, which will be live-streamed for those hoping to watch from afar.
The festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, continues through Sunday and merges speakers and performers from across the musical, political and cultural spectrum, including Prince, Lionel Richie, Janelle Monée, Jill Scott and Mary J. Blige, among many others.
Watch Roberts’s panel talk below: