- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - About two dozen leaders will gather for the first meeting of an effort to study structural racism in Detroit and make recommendations for change.

The 26 people from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds who comprise the first group of Wayne State University Law School’s Detroit Equity Action Lab meet Saturday at the school’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. The center is named for the federal judge and civil rights leader, who will speak to the group.

Detroit is more than 80 percent black. The city and its mostly white suburbs have had a history of racial strife.

Structural racism can refer to ways that minorities may be treated differently by government and other institutions.

The lab is funded by a $1.3 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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