It was great meeting many of the staff members in the office, and I hope to meet the rest of them this week. I was lucky enough to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Wayne State University Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the WSU Law School. Judge Keith related the significance of this day, May 17th, to the ruling on Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, allowing Black students to receive equal educational opportunities as White students. A few very influential leaders attended the ceremony, including: the United States Attorney General, Eric Holder; Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm; and, Michigan philanthropist, Alfred Taubman. It was awesome to hear them speak so highly of Judge Keith. It was a great experience witnessing the groundbreaking as a result of the largest gift ever given to the university. I was also fortunate enough to meet Judge Keith after the ceremony, as well as take a picture with him (I will post the pictures if I gain access to them in the near future)! All in all, I had just about the best first day I could possibly have had.
Over the next couple weeks, I will be crafting my objectives for the internship and establishing my temporary role within the Fisher Foundation. I’m extremely excited!