'Structural Racism 101' topic of Aug. 24 program


Wayne State University Law School Prof. Peter Hammer will be the featured speaker at an August 24 program offered by the Detroit Bar Association.

The online event will begin at 4 p.m. and is titled “Structural Racism 101: Basic Training for Lawyers.” Hammer will help attendees understand the dynamics of structural racism as an evolving dialectic between belief systems and institutions that have mutated in form from slavery, to Jim Crow segregation, to the forms of spatial-structural racism that define Southeast Michigan.

“This presentation will define and distinguish the many forms of racism that we confront: express racism, structural racism, spatial racism and forms of implicit bias,” said a spokesperson for the DBA. “Due to oversubscribing for the first session, we are offering this ‘course’ again, so those who couldn’t attend could have the chance to hear this program which received outstanding reviews. Of course, we welcome those who want to join a second time.”

Hammer has taught at Wayne Law since 2003.  He teaches “Race, Law and Social Change in Southeast Michigan" and "Re-Imagining Development in Detroit: Institutions, Law & Society."  Hammer is also the director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law. The Keith Center is dedicated to promoting the educational, economic and political empowerment of under-represented communities in urban areas and to ensuring that the phrase "equal justice under law" applies to all members of society.

To register, visit detroitlawyer.org.


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