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WEB EXCLUSIVE: "Octavia Spencer Day" proclaimed in Ala.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery native and Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer is being honored today by the Alabama Legislature for her achievements. Today, March 21, 2012 is officially declared "Octavia Spencer Day" in Alabama.

Spencer won an Academy Award for her supporting role in "The Help".

Spencer was greeted by more than 400 people as she arrived at the Alabama Statehouse to a hero's welcome. She rode up to the Statehouse in a pink limousine for the Wednesday morning ceremony. As she stepped out, she was serenaded by the band from her alma mater, Jefferson Davis High School.

A Montgomery native, Spencer told the crowd that she would do whatever she could to see that more movies are made in Alabama. She also cautioned young people in the audience to think twice before heading to Hollywood to become a movie star.

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House, Lt. Governor Kay Ivey convened a Joint Meeting of the Legislature at 11am where Governor Robert Bentley; Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard; President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Del Marsh and State Representative Juandalynn Givan proclaimed the day for Spencer.

At noon, a private reception will be held in her honor at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel. 

Mayor Todd Strange will present Spencer with a key to the City of Montgomery. Auburn and Alabama State Universities' senior officials will be presenting, along with State Senator Bobby Singleton, Chair of the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus. The directors of Tourism and the Alabama Development Office, along with Aubum and Alabama State Universities' officers will be presenting.

Actor Dr. Tommie "Tonea" Stewart, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts at Alabama State University will introduce Ms. Spencer for comments. Ms. Spencer's comments will be followed by a five minute video salute to the honoree.

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