Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) will serve as guest speaker at the U.A.W. Local 647’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration this coming Monday, January 18 at 12:15 p.m. The full event is scheduled to run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the U.A.W’s union hall,located at 10020 Reading Road, Evendale, Ohio 45241. The theme of Rep. Reece’s speech will be “What does Dr. King’s dream mean in 2016?”.  

“Nearly fifty years after Dr. King’s death, the next generations are still fighting to make the reverend’s dream a reality,” said Reece. “From new efforts to disenfranchise voters, to criminal justice reform, to securing good-paying jobs for all working people, the battles that Dr. King fought and died for remain the battles of today. We must continue to push forward and do our best to translate Dr. King’s inspirational words into present day actions.” 

Reece is a long-time voting rights advocate and spoke at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

She also leads the ongoing push for a Voter Bill of Rights, a grassroots effort in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King to amend the state constitution to protect all Ohioans’ right to vote. The Voter Bill of Rights would amend the state constitution to define the right to vote as a fundamental right, establish early voting dates and times, allow the legislature to prescribe proper training and staffing for polling locations, create an online voter registration system, protect against voter ID requirements and voter registration tests, and include safeguards that ensure provisional ballots are counted.

This week marks the two year anniversary of the Voter Bill of Rights kickoff. 

Who:             State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) 

What:            Keynote speech at Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration 

Where:          U.A.W. Local 647 hall
                       10020 Reading Road
                       Evendale, Ohio 45241 

When:           Monday, January 18
                       Event from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
                       Speech at 12:15 p.m. 

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