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Monday, January 19, 2004, 7:00 pm
At: First Baptist Church
140 Regent St., Dover, Ohio
Featuring a keynote address by
J. Kenneth Blackwell
Ohio Secretary of State
Free and open to everyone, this celebration is for the whole community.
As Ohio Secretary of State, J. Kenneth Blackwell is responsible for elections, business records, intellectual property and corporate identities.
Mr. Blackwell previously served as Mayor of Cincinnati, an undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. In 1994, he became the first African American elected to a statewide executive office in Ohio when he was elected Treasurer of State.
Over 20 years ago, he began his work in using technology to help government fulfill its mission and commitment to citizens as a member of the board of directors of Public Technology, Inc., located in Washington, D.C.
In 1998, Mr. Blackwell delivered the Beckett Lecture on Religious Liberty at Oxford University. He has also lectured at Harvard, the University of Newcastle in England, the Moscow State Institute for International Relations in Russia, and the International Academy of Public Administration in Paris. Several of his speeches and lectures have been published in “Vital Speeches of the Day.”
Mr. Blackwell is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati. He and his wife of thirty-four years, Rosa, have three children, Kimberly, Rahshann, and Kristin. In 1994, the Blackwell’s were honored as one of The National Council of Negro Women’s Families of the Year, and, in 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Blackwell together received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Dreamkeeper Award.
Mr. Blackwell led efforts in Ohio to increase minority participation in the national census.
Refreshments will be served by the Tuscarawas County Republican Women and the Tuscarawas County Council of Democratic Women.
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