Daily Briefs, September 6

Miller Canfield lawyer named to Leadership Oakland 2011-12 class
Miller Canfield associate Tamira Chapman was recently selected as a member of the 2011-2012 Class for Leadership Oakland.

Leadership Oakland is a nine-month networking and training program that develops participants’ leadership skills, explores key issues impacting the region and enables participants to reach their full potential professionally, personally, and in the community.

At Miller Canfield, Chapman specializes in information technology, health information technology and entertainment law providing corporate and legal expertise for a variety of business clients, health care professionals and creative talents. She recently received the 2011 Barrister of the Year Award by the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.

Chapman received a B.A. from Michigan State University and her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School. She resides in the Metro Detroit area.

Harry Belafonte to deliver Keith Biennial Lecture Sept. 8
Prominent actor, singer and humanitarian Harry Belafonte will present the Fifth Keith Biennial Lecture at The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School. Belafonte’s lecture, “Where We Are Headed,” is sponsored by Comerica Bank and Health Alliance Plan. 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. Harry 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.”

Belafonte, who was born in Harlem, N.Y., and spent much of his childhood in his mother’s native Jamaica, is well known for his movie roles and music.

He won a Tony Award in 1954 for his Broadway performance in John Murray Anderson’s “Almanac,” and starred in films such as “Carmen Jones,” “Kansas City,” “Swing Vote,” “Island in the Sun” and “Odds Against Tomorrow”; the latter two explored racial boundaries. His albums “Belafonte” and “Calypso” soared to No. 1. In addition, he became television’s first black producer, winning an Emmy for his special “Tonight with Harry Belafonte.”

Though he continued to record throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Belafonte began to put more energy into civil rights and humanitarian work. He was a leader in the USA for Africa effort in 1985, singing on the hit 1985 single “We Are the World,” and he became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1986.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Register online at https://specialevents. wayne.edu/5thbiennialbelafonte. For more information on the Keith Biennial Lecture Series or the Keith Center, visit keithcenter.wayne.edu, email hhughes@wayne.edu or call the Law School Dean’s Office at (313) 577-3620.

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