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  • Writer's pictureThe Dayton Weekly News


Updated: Jul 8, 2023

The campaign to honor DCDC founder Jeraldyne Blunden will wrap up on July 6 when Dayton Contemporary Dance Company mails 14 boxes containing over 14,000 signed letters and postcards to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee.

The boxes are stuffed with letters and postcards signed by dance lovers from Dayton, and Ohio, but also from New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, California, Missouri and Virginia.

Through a Black History month initiative, we were able to collect over 1700 letters from Dayton Public School students. There are special endorsements from Ohio Representative, the Honorable Mike Turner, as well as from former Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin.

DCDC wishes to thank retired DPS Educator, Patricia Day for her tireless and monumental efforts in spearheading this campaign, by which none of this would have been possible. DCDC also thanks Dayton, for its unquestioning support and immediate embrace of this initiative.

We are confident that the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee will recognize the importance of Dayton native, Jeraldyne Blunden, to the region and nation, and will rightfully issue a stamp in her honor.

For the latest opportunities to engage with us, visit and connect with us on social media: Facebook/Instagram: @daytoncontemporarydancecompany & Twitter: @DCDCLive.


Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) was founded in 1968 to create performance opportunities for African American dancers. 55 years later, it remains rooted in the African-American experience, committed to the presentation of accomplished movement artists on the global stage. DCDC is known for its extraordinary artistic expression, precision, and athleticism. Having the world’s largest repertoire of classic works by African American choreographers, this Dayton, Ohio, company continues to be celebrated at home and abroad. Founder, Jeraldyne Blunden, built a company that is welcome not only in Dayton but on the premier stages in New York, DC, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Toronto, Chile, Poland, France, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Germany, China and South Korea. Artistic Director Debbie Blunden-Diggs continues the company’s long legacy of innovative and classic choreography by 20th and 21st century choreographers, including Donald Byrd, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Kiesha Lalama, Ray Mercer, Paul Taylor, Ulysses Dove, Doug Varone and Rennie Harris.


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