Actor, singer and humanitarian Harry Belafonte to deliver Wayne Law's Keith Biennial Lecture Sept. 8

July 28, 2011

DETROIT (July 28, 2011) - The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce its rescheduled Fifth Keith Biennial Lecture featuring prominent actor, singer and humanitarian Harry Belafonte. Belafonte's lecture, "Where We Are Headed," is sponsored by Comerica Bank. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in Wayne State University's Community Arts Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

"The Keith Biennial Lecture has quickly become one of the most significant and anticipated civil rights events in the Detroit community," said Peter Hammer, Wayne Law professor and director of the Keith Center. "We are excited to have Mr. Belafonte deliver this important address. This event will serve as an appropriate kickoff to our fall events and festivities, which will culminate with the Oct. 19 grand opening ceremony for the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights."

The Keith Biennial Lecture Series was initiated in 2002 with speaker Lani Guinier, former Keith clerk and the first woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School. The lecture series has brought other leading scholars and activists to Detroit to address issues of race, civil rights and social justice. Previous speakers have included Theodore M. Shaw, former director-counsel and president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Constance L. Rice, co-founder and co-director of the Advancement Project in Los Angeles; and New York University School of Law Professor Derrick A. Bell, scholar, activist and leading expert on critical race theory.

The lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP online at For more information on the Keith Biennial Lecture Series or the Keith Center, visit, email or call the Law School Dean's Office at 313-577-3620.

The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights
The Hon. Damon J. Keith's life has been dedicated to fighting for justice and opportunity. The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, made possible through generous gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations, will allow that work to continue at Wayne Law. The center will help the Law School attract and retain outstanding students, support and strengthen its faculty, enhance programming, and promote civil rights in one of the most culturally rich and diverse cities in the United States. Ground was broken for the building on May 17, 2010, and the grand opening celebration is scheduled for Oct. 19, 2011.

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