Lecture focuses on 'Islamphobia'


Wayne State University Law School’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and the Muslim Law Students Association are sponsoring a lecture by Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Monday, Oct. 18, in the Law School’s Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.
Walid’s lecture, from 12:15-1:30 p.m., 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 lecture, said Hammer, was 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.
Walid 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.
For additional information, call Program Coordinator Holly Hughes at (313) 577-6497 or visit http://keithcenter.wayne.edu.