Celebrating Civil Rights

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Social Justice Committee of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, hosted a brown bag event, “Celebrating the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the T. Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit. Speaking on the panel at the event were (back row, l-r) Heidi Budaj, regional director, Anti-Defamation League; Mark Fancher, Racial Justice Project attorney, ACLU of Michigan; Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson; and Fatina Abdrabboh, Michigan director, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Happy to welcome the panel to the event were (front) Kim Altman; panel moderator U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, Eastern District of Michigan; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Declercq. “Certainly the events of Ferguson Missouri make it clear that although we’ve come a long way, we still have some way to go in improving all the of the divides in our country,” McQuade said in looking back at the 50 years since the Civil Rights Act was passed. “Today we’re going to hear some perspectives on race, religion, gender, and national origin and how the Civil Rights Act remains relevant today.”
 
 Photo by John Meiu

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