The Dean’s Office and Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law are sponsoring several events to mark Black History Month:
- A Wednesday, Feb. 5, webcast of Freedom Summer National Youth Summit will be followed by a panel discussion about regional civil rights issues at the Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. The event is set for noon to 2 p.m. Panelists will include Wayne Law Dean Jocelyn Benson and civil rights veterans Dorothy Dewberry Aldridge, John W. Hardy and Marilyn Lowen. Marshalle Montgomery of New Detroit will moderate. The panel is co-sponsored by Wayne Law and the Arab American National Museum. The webcast is presented by the National Museum of American History and PBS’s American Experience in collaboration with Smithsonian Affiliations.
- On Thursday, Feb. 13, the Law School will present the next lecture in its Good Governance Lecture Series. The topic will be “Municipal Law and Civil Rights: Spotlight on Detroit Government,” and speakers will be Butch Hollowell of the city of Detroit and Donnell White of the NAACP. Moderator will be Bankole Thompson of the Michigan Chronicle. The lecture, free and open to the public, will take place from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Room 2242 of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law. Parking will be available for $6.50 in Structure One across West Palmer Street from Wayne Law. The Good Governance Lecture Series is a unique monthly conversation platform at Wayne Law that stems from the Good Governance Summit in fall 2013. The series is designed to foster a dialogue among the principal actors on the key governance issues in the region and the state.
- On Wednesday, Feb. 26, a screening of the documentary film American Promise will be followed by a discussion of issues it raises. The event, free and open to the public, is set from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at the Law School. Parking will be available for $6.50 in Structure One across West Palmer Street from Wayne Law. The documentary spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in New York, turn the cameras on their son and his best friend as they make their way through a prestigious private school.