Keith Center to host lecture on 'Islamphobia'

Wayne State University Law School's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and the Muslim Law Students Association are pleased to announce a lecture by Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, in the Law School's Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. Walid's lecture is titled "Bridging the Gap: The Park 51 Mosque and Islamphobia in America."

"Muslim Americans find themselves on the front lines of the civil rights struggle, and all Americans are called to stand with them," said Peter Hammer, Wayne Law professor and director of the Keith Center. "Dawud Walid is an inspiring leader calling for justice, inclusion and understanding. The Keith Center is proud to host an event designed to help bridge the gap and build a stronger community."

Walid is a well-known Detroit educator, activist and U.S. Navy veteran. He also has published numerous articles on Islam and interfaith dialogue and has appeared on major media outlets such as CNN, Al-Jazeera, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and the BBC. He has spoken at several institutions of higher learning, including Harvard University and the University of the Virgin Islands, as well as having served as a panelist at the 2008 Congressional Black Caucus Convention with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and at the 2009 Malian Peace and Tolerance Conference held in Bamako, Mali, which was attended by religious scholars from 12 different countries.

In addition to his current role with CAIR, he also is the assistant imam of Masjid Wali Muhammad in Detroit, a member of the North American Imams Federation and an executive board member of the Metropolitan Interfaith Workers Rights Committee.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Parking is available for $4.75 in WSU Structure #1 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street in Detroit. For directions to the Law School or to view a campus map, visit

For additional information about this and other upcoming Keith Center events, call Program Coordinator Holly Hughes at (313) 577-6497 or visit

Published: Tue, Oct 12, 2010