Detroit Center’s MLK Day events to focus on immigration issues


In concert with the 2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium’s theme, “The (Mis)Education of US,” U-M’s Detroit Center will host a day of events to honor King’s work, life and legacy.

The Detroit Center will explore today’s events in the historical perspective of U.S. immigration policy, with local expertise to engage with the university and Detroit communities on the topic of immigration.

“Our goal as a learning center is to address and highlight issues and concerns of the community. We want people to be engaged and walk away with a better understanding of history,” said Feodies Shipp, director of the Detroit Center.

The series of events will start with the symposium’s keynote lecture, streamed from U-M’s Ann Arbor campus at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at the Detroit Center in the Ann Arbor room.

After the keynote, participants are invited to a moderated panel discussion, “Whose Huddled Masses?” to discuss the past, present and future of immigration in America. Lunch will be provided between the keynote and panel discussion.

The panel, moderated by Judith Pennywell, director of the U-M International Center,  includes:

  • Deborah Drennan, executive director of Detroit Freedom House.
  • Ann Lin, professor of public policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; and professor of political science, LSA.
  • Kevin J. Piecuch, executive director of the Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center.
  • Alan Reiter, immigration attorney.

The event is free and open to the public.


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