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Talks & Tours

VOTING MATTERS: Voter Information Session

Previously Recorded on October 22, 2020

Voting Matters  (September 27 - April 4, 2021) is an interactive multimedia installation designed in five parts, illustrating the seminal role African Americans have played from pre-Reconstruction through to the present in the development of basic principles and values surrounding notions of the “right to vote.” In this virtual panel discussion moderated by Wayne State University's Dr. Stacey Deering, the panelists will discuss the purpose and inspiration behind the exhibition and why it is important for Americans today to get out and vote.

This program is a community collaboration between Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.



Dr. Stacy Deering, Moderator

Dr. Stacey Deering (A.B.D.) is an Eastern Michigan University Graduate and Undergraduate Alumni. In May of 2014, she received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management, a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Personnel Management. She completed her Master’s program with a 3.8 overall G.P.A. Dr. Deering is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. Political Science program at Wayne State University, maintaining a 3.5 overall G.P.A. Dr. Stacey selected Urban Politics as her major field with Public Administration and Public Policy as minors. Her goal is to change society by educating her peers while helping them elevate to the next level academically and professionally. She grew up in Detroit and attended Detroit Public Schools during her grade-school career. Growing up with adversity and conquering obstacles increased her desire to help others do the same. As an African American woman and native Detroiter she has a strong desire to serve as an Associate Professor and urban scholar in the Metro-Detroit area.

Dr. Stacey absolutely enjoys teaching American Government, Public Administration, and Urban Politics/Policy courses. The best gift that she can give her peers and the generations to come is knowledge. With the current dynamic political environment our country is experiencing, she believes it is important to help students and the community understand how the political system operates along with their roles and duties as citizens. It is her belief that her skill set and
diverse background will be an asset to those who seek her instruction. Dr. Stacey Deering is honored to continue giving back to her peers and the generations to come by serving as an Expert Researcher at the Wright Museum. Under her service with the organization, she is committed to helping the organization fulfill its’ mission while educating her peers, surrounding communities, and the generations to come by empowering them to elevate and excel in their goals, dreams, and careers.

Dr. William Reese, Jr., Panelist

Dr. William Reese, Jr. is a psychotherapist, professor, pastor, and philosopher. His endeavors have caused an immense impact on persons from all walks of life. Dr. Reese’s educational accomplishments include a bachelors in Religious Studies from Madonna University, a Masters in Religious Studies from the University of Detroit-Mercy, Masters in Clinical Psychology from Michigan School of Psychology, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Michigan School of Psychology, and a Certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has Clinical Pastoral Education Certification from William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Reese’s specialization in therapy includes child play therapy, clinical depression, men and masculinities, clergy counseling, family systems, bipolar disorders, mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy, narrative therapy gestalt therapy, couples counseling, spiritual embodiment, and human sexuality. Dr. Reese currently teaches at several colleges in the Detroit Metropolis including Oakland Community College, Washtenaw College, and Schoolcraft Community College. His students follow him through lower-level psychology courses to higher articulation psychology due to his strong meaning-centered course enumerations. Dr. Reese has pastored for 25 years in the Detroit Metropolis, He served as the pastor of Detroit’s historic Greater Prayer Tabernacle for 18 years, as pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church for 5 years and is currently the Founder of the Church of Our Prayer.

William Reese, III, Panelist

William Reese, III was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Plymouth, Michigan. He graduated from Wayne State University in August 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a minor in peace & conflict studies. At Wayne State, William achieved Cum Laude distinction graduating with a 3.82 cumulative grade point average. His senior seminar was titled ‘’A Green Awakening; Revisioning the Environment in Detroit’’. Throughout William’s college career, he served in many capacities such as a student assistant for the civil rights law firm, Goodman Hurwitz &  James in Detroit, Michigan. William also served as a government
affairs intern at Quicken Loans, where his internship innovation project was titled ‘’ Motown Revitalization’’ which placed emphasis on reviving the artistic culture and creating a vibrant music district in the city of Detroit. In addition, William has also served as a U.S Congressional Intern. He is greatly inspired by the social justice tradition of the modern Civil Rights movement and the 1970s singer-songwriter movement. It has been channeled through much of his humanitarian work as a mission intern and other roles. He is an avid writer, creative, and reader. William’s interests include public policy, economic justice, environmental justice and the arts (composition, film).