The Fifth Biennial Lecture

The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School hosted the Fifth Keith Biennial Lecture featuring prominent actor, singer and humanitarian Harry Belafonte on Thursday, Sept. 8. Belafonte’s lecture, “Where We Are Headed,” was sponsored by Comerica Bank and Health Alliance Plan.

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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 were excited to have Mr. Harry Belafonte deliver this important address. This event served 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.”

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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.

For more information on the Keith Biennial Lecture Series or the Keith Center, contact H. Savala Nolan at (313) 577-6530 or

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.