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Judge Damon Keith to Speak at Civil Rights Forum Sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation, in partnership with Detroit Public

 Judge Damon Keith to Speak at Civil Rights Forum Sponsored by the DTE Energy
          Foundation, in partnership with Detroit Public Television

PR Newswire

DETROIT, Feb. 19, 2013

DETROIT, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the nation prepares to celebrate the
50^th anniversary of the   "I Have a Dream"  speech, the DTE Energy Foundation
is partnering with Detroit Public Television to present a thought-provoking
community conversation about the successes and struggles of the civil rights
movement.  The event will take place Feb. 25 at the Charles H. Wright Museum
of African American History.

Judge Damon J. Keith, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth
Circuit, will kick off the discussion facilitated by Stephen Henderson, host
of Detroit Public Television's  "American Black Journal."  The audience of
invited community leaders and the general public will be encouraged to
participate in the discussion.

"We believe that Detroit and southeast Michigan are at a critical junction
today,"  said Joyce Hayes Giles, assistant to chairman and senior vice
president of Public Affairs for DTE Energy.  "In order for our community to
reach its full potential, we need to build on the successes that bring us
together, but to also learn from the struggles that keep us apart," said
Giles, who also serves as chair of the DTE Energy Foundation.   "We can't
think of a better person to lead this discussion than one of the icons of the
Civil Rights Movement, Judge Damon Keith."

The community discussion grew out of the DTE Energy Foundation's and Detroit
Public Television's shared commitment to social and cultural diversity.  The
DTE Energy Foundation partners with a number of organizations to promote
diversity, understanding and inclusiveness.  DPTV tackles the issues through
provocative programming including American Black Journal, which has provoked
stimulating dialogue for 40 years.     

A limited number of seats are available for the free event, which will be held
6 p.m. Monday at the museum, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit.   For ticket
information call 248.305.3774 or send an email to      


Contact: Vanessa Waters, DTE Energy, +1-313-235-7255, Len Singer, DTE Energy,
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