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Wayne Law presents ‘Racial Profiling and Youth of Color... Is It Safe to Be Me?’ April 2

March 30, 2012

DETROIT (March 30, 2012) — The Wayne State University Law School’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights will present “Racial Profiling and Youth of Color…Is It Safe to Be Me?,” a community panel discussion, from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, April 2, in the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

Participants include Congressman Hansen Clarke; S. Joy Gaines, assistant public defender, Washtenaw County; Detroit attorney Lynda White; Shareef Akeel, chair, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee–Michigan’s Advisory Board; Ron Scott, director, Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality; Assistant Professor of Law (clinical) Eric Williams and Associate Professor of Law Jocelyn Benson, Wayne State University.

“The recent shooting of Trayvon Martin has brought the issue of racial profiling and youth of color to the forefront of the conversation in the social justice community and beyond,” said Kimberly Adams, a third-year law student and the Keith Collection research fellow, who organized the event. “This event will inform the community about issues involving racial profiling and youth, and provide a forum to discuss solutions to this ongoing problem.”

The Keith Center honors the life and legacy of Judge Damon J. Keith, civil rights icon, one of our country’s leading jurists and a 1956 Wayne Law alumnus. By developing programs and opportunities that promote his vision of equality and justice under the law for all people, the Keith Center is advancing learning at Wayne Law, encouraging community engagement, and promoting civil rights in one of the most culturally rich and diverse cities in the United States. For more information, visit keithcenter.wayne.edu.


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