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from the sixth Damon J. Keith Biennial Lecture,
featuring activist Julian Bond


About the Keith Center

As a member of the federal judiciary, Judge Damon J. Keith has consistently stood as a courageous defender of the constitutional and civil rights of all people.

On Oct. 19, 2011, Wayne Law proudly celebrated the grand opening of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.  Well over 600 people attended the event and leaders from around the state were on hand to pay tribute to Judge Keith. Speakers included philanthropist A. Alfred Taubman, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and writer Mitch Albom. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sent a video message with congratulations on the new building. (Click here to see photos of the event.)

Located at Wayne State University Law School, the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights honors the life and legacy of Judge Keith by carrying out his vision for civil rights. The Keith Center will advance learning, attract talented faculty, students and lecturers, enhance programming, and promote civil rights in one of the most culturally rich and diverse cities in the United States. The Keith Center will have active programs of legal studies and will promote community engagement.

The 10,000-square-foot Keith Center building will feature an exhibit area, meeting space, conference space and a 60-person lecture hall. It will also house an exhibit area that features Judge Keith’s life and work and focuses on civil rights.

The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights took place at 1:30 p.m. on May 17, 2010. (Click here for event coverage and to view the event video.)


U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's video presentation at the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights Grand Opening, Oct. 19, 2011.


Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights 2013 Annual Report

Grand Opening Celebration of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights 



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Calendar of Events

Full List
Connecting the Dots: A Humanitarian-Based Approach to the Renewal of Detroit
October 28 2014 at 7:00 PM
Ewald Branch Public Library
Pointes for Peace and MOSES (Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength) and Michigan Legal Services present "Connecting the Dots: A Humanitarian-Based Approach to the Renewal of Detroit" by Professor Peter Hammer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28. Hammer, director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law, has become a leading voice on the economic and social issues impacting the city of Detroit, and has added new courses to the law school curriculum on “Race, Law and Social Change in Southeast Michigan” and “Re-Imagining Development in Detroit: Institutions, Law & Society.”      
Pancake Breakfast with Keith Students for Civil Rights
October 29 2014 at 9:00 AM
Law School Building
The Damon J. Keith Center student group, Keith Students for Civil Rights, invites you to join us for breakfast on Wednesday, 10/29/14, in the Law School lobby from 9am-Noon for a pancake breakfast. We'll provide the pancakes, chocolate chips and/or blueberries to toss in the mix, and of course the maple syrup! You bring your appetite, and $5 per plate.   Proceeds from this event will help fund our upcoming Youth Civil Rights Conference in November.  
Youth Civil Rights Conference Facilitator Training
November 5 2014 at 6:30 PM
Law School Building, 2242
Youth Civil Rights Conference Training:  Training session for all Youth Civil Rights Conference facilitators.
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