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0000017a-3b40-d913-abfe-bf44a4f90000Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU news team as the politics reporter and columnist in April 2012 , after 30 years of covering local, state and national politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. On this page, you will find his weekly column, Politically Speaking; the Monday morning political chats with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik and other news coverage by Wilkinson. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio gubernatorial race since 1974, as well as 16 presidential nominating conventions. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots, the Lucasville prison riot in 1993, the Air Canada plane crash at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983, and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. And, given his passion for baseball, you might even find some stories about the Cincinnati Reds here from time to time.

Hillary Clinton To Address NAACP Convention In Cincinnati

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Tana Weingartner
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WVXU

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will speak Monday, July 18 to the 107th annual national convention of the NAACP at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

The NAACP's national office announced the visit in a press release this morning; and Clinton's Ohio campaign confirmed that is it on her schedule.

"In every presidential election year, we invite each of the candidates to address our convention; and we are delighted to have Secretary Clinton join us,'' NAACP chairman Roslyn M. Brock said in the press release.

The theme of this year's annual convention, which was last held in Cincinnati in 2008, is "Our Lives Matter, Our Votes Count."

It comes in the wake of violent incidents that have increased racial tension in the nation – the shooting deaths of two unarmed African-American men at the hands of police in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge and the fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas.

"In these violent and horrifying times, when a new generation is waking to call for police accountability, economic and educational equality and protecting the right to vote for all people, this election marks a significant moral moment for America,'' NAACP president and CEO Cornell William Brooks said in the press release. "We look forward to hearing Secretary Clinton's priorities and plans to advance issues of social justice."

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been invited to address the national convention, but there is no word yet on whether he will attend. The NAACP convention runs from July 16 through July 20. The Republican National Convention overlaps part of that period, starting on Monday, July 18 and running through July 21.

Howard Wilkinson joined the WVXU News Team after 30 years of covering local and state politics for The Cincinnati Enquirer. A native of Dayton, Ohio, Wilkinson has covered every Ohio governor’s race since 1974 as well as 12 presidential nominating conventions. His streak continued by covering both the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions for 91.7 WVXU. Along with politics, Wilkinson also covered the 2001 Cincinnati race riots; the Lucasville Prison riot in 1993; the Air Canada plane crash at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in 1983; and the 1997 Ohio River flooding. The Cincinnati Reds are his passion. "I've been listening to WVXU and public radio for many years, and I couldn't be more pleased at the opportunity to be part of it,” he says.