DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Leaders with the Detroit branch of the NAACP have announced author and Harvard University law professor Charles Ogletree Jr. will serve as keynote speaker for the civil rights organization’s annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner.

Ogletree was named as the speaker Thursday at the Detroit headquarters for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He founded Harvard’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice.

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“Our keynote speaker is a well-known lawyer, civil rights leader, educator, author, constitutional expert, teacher, professor, and people motivators,”  said Detroit NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony in making the announcement on Thursday.

“Dr. Ogletree is a recipient out countless awards and have often been named by Ebony magazine and others … as one of the one hundred most influential black Americans of our time,” Anthony said.

The dinner will be held May 4 at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. It’s the branch’s largest fundraiser, drawing 10,000 people annually.

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U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California delivered the keynote last year.

Attorney General Eric Holder gave the 2012 keynote. Other recent speakers have included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., and former President Bill Clinton.

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