Every two years, the Keith Center welcomes a civil rights luminary to campus for a lecture on their work, passion and wisdom about today’s civil rights issues. The lecture is free and open to the public, often drawing hundreds of residents from around Michigan.
In October 2014, the Keith Center welcomed Julian Bond for the sixth Biennial Lecture. Bond is a distinguished writer, activist and professor who has been a strong voice for civil rights since the early 1960s, when he cofounded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. During his esteemed career, Bond has served in the Georgia legislature, been chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Past speakers have included humanitarian, activist, actor and singer Harry Belafonte; renowned and pioneering lawyer Constance Rice; and Lani Guinier, a groundbreaking scholar and the first African-American woman to receive tenure at Harvard Law School.