MLK Day Forum, January 16, 2012

Panelists, from left: Bankole Thompson, Charles Pugh, Shirley Stancato, and Dan Varner.

MLK Day Forum, January 16, 2012

Charles Pugh, a Detroit native and journalist, returned to his hometown to be an anchor at Fox 2 Detroit.

MLK Day Forum, January 16, 2012

Shirley Stancato is CEO of New Detroit, whose mission is to improve race relations, as well as economic and social equity, in Southeast Michigan.

MLK Day Forum, January 16, 2012

Prior to being appointed Executive Director at Excellent Schools Detroit, Dan Varner, a 1994 MLaw graduate, was a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

MLK Day Forum, January 16, 2012

Bankole Thompson hosts a weekly talk show on Detroit TV station WADL in addition to serving as senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle.

MLK Day Forum, January 16, 2012

Two attendees who got seats in an otherwise standing-room-only crowd.

MLK Day Forum, January 16, 2012

The forum was held in the Law School's  Aikens Commons.

MLK Day Forum, January 16, 2012

Audience members queue up to ask the panelists questions.

MLK Day Forum, January 16, 2012

Law Library Director Barb Garavaglia chats with panelist Shirley Stancato.

MLK Day Forum, January 16, 2012

Students talk with panelists Charles Pugh and Dan Varner.

MLK AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE  On the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (January 16), the Law School organized the forum "Dr. King's Vision for Economic Justice: Focus on Detroit." Panelists included Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh; New Detroit CEO Shirley R. Stancato; Excellent Schools Detroit CEO Dan Varner, '94; and Michigan Chronicle Senior Editor Bankole Thompson. Prof. Angela Dillard, Director of the Residential College and professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, moderated. Prof. Dana Thompson, '99, Director of the Law School's Entrepreneurship Clinic, delivered opening remarks.

Photos by Leisa Thompson Photography.

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