It will be the most prominent role of any African-American figure at the convention.
The Republicans have been criticized by Democrats for favoring policies that restrict abortion as well as the ability of women to make their own health decisions.
In the last few months, Rice had been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But the former secretary of state has consistently denied having any interest in being nominated.
Rick Scott, the governor of Florida, will also be a featured speaker at the convention, as will Senator John McCain of Arizona, who was the Republican nominee for president in 2008. Another prominent speaker will be Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas. He and McCain were rivals of Romney’s in the 2008 primary.
“They are some of our party’s brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles,” Reince Preibus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement. “Ours will be a world-class convention, worthy of the next president of the United States.”
A week ago, the Democratic Party announced that Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, would be the keynote speaker at its convention in Charlotte next month. Castro will be the first Latino official to offer the keynote address at the Democratic convention.
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