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College to Host Community Martin Luther King Day Program

State Rep. Alicia Reece to Provide Keynote Address

January 6, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Wilmington College will hold its annual community observance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a program of music, fellowship and inspirational reflections Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G Heiland Theatre.

The public is welcome to attend.

State Representative Alicia Reece (Ohio’s 33rd District) will present the evening’s keynote address while music will be provided by Cantabile, a newly formed, 65-voice, local choir directed by directed by Steven Haines, and MUSE Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir, conducted by Rhonda Juliano.

Catherine Roma, professor of music at WC, founded MUSE in 1984 and directed the group until her retirement last year. It is a women’s choir dedicated to musical excellence and social change. In keeping with its belief that diversity is strength, MUSE is comprised of feminist women of varied ages, races and ethnicities with a range of musical abilities, political interests and life experiences.

Also on the program, two students, one from the College and the other from a local high school, will read excerpts from their winning presentations in which they crafted their own “I Have a Dream” speech based upon their views of the current racial, political and socio-economic environment in America.

Reece, a Democrat from Cincinnati in her second term in the Ohio State House, is the newly elected president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. The 33rd District includes the city of Cincinnati, Springfield Township and Hamilton suburbs.

Rep. Alicia Reece

She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Grambling State University in Louisiana, where she studied public relations and minored in Spanish.

While in college, Reece was a strong advocate for civil rights and voting rights, leading a voter registration and mobilization campaign that activated thousands of college students.

Reece's passion for a permanent solution to voter disenfranchisement, suppression and intimidation led her to recently call for a Voter Bill of Rights Constitutional Amendment in Ohio and across the nation. She unveiled the plan in August at the 50th anniversary of MLK’s March on Washington while serving as one of event’s speakers.

Before serving in the Ohio House, she was vice mayor of Cincinnati from 2002 to 2006 and served on City Council for the prior eight years. During this time, she advocated for women’s health legislation, racial profiling litigation, public safety, small business tax reform and an improved tourism industry in the greater Cincinnati area.

For the past four years, Reece served as the assistant director of tourism with the Ohio Department of Development in which she helped oversee a $39 billion industry employing 400,000 Ohioans. Reece also serves on the Finance and Appropriations Committee and Insurance Committee, and is the ranking member on the Transportation Subcommittee.