Welcome to the Keith Collection

The Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History was established in 1993 to meet the need for a central repository for the nation’s African American legal history. The Collection is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing resources pertaining to African American legal history, including the history of prominent African American lawyers, judges, and lawmakers, and others whose service to the community reflects an interest in and commitment to civil rights and social justice.  The Collection contains papers and other materials documenting the experience of African Americans and the law, nationally, with a particular emphasis on Michigan.  Upon the founding contribution of papers by the Honorable Damon J. Keith, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Keith Collection was firmly established. The Collection is a partnership between the Walter P. Reuther Library, a world-renowned archival repository, and the Wayne State University Law School and is available for research by scholars, students and the general public.

The Honorable Damon J. Keith

"Through Howard University Law School, we came to know these lawyers who are legends today in African American legal history. They include: Charles H. Houston, Thurgood Marshall, William H. Hastie Jr., James Nabrit Jr., Spottswood Robinson III, George E. C. Hayes…. They taught us that the Constitution was our best hope; that equality would come through the law."

− The Honorable Damon J. Keith

Wayne Law School

Events

Calendar of Events

Full List
The State of Hate and Extremism in America and the Work of the Southern Poverty Law Center
September 8 2014 at 12:15 PM
Wayne Law Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium
Wayne State University Law School Office of the Dean hosts special guest, Richard Cohen, President, Southern Poverty Law Center. The presentation, "The State of Hate and Extremism in America and the Work of the Southern Poverty Law Center" will be followed by an opportunity for Q&A with attendees. This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.
50 Years of Justice - Celebrating Civil Rights in Michigan
September 19 2014 at 8:30 AM
Law School Building, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium
Please join the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights for a day long symposium which will focus on the past, present and future of civil rights in Michigan. We will be joined by many of the former commissioners as well as various guest and keynote speakers. Please continue to check back here for more information about panels and speakers. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.  
50 Years of Justice - Celebrating the Michigan Civil Rights Commission
September 19 2014 at 8:30 AM
Law School Building, Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium and Atrium
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission will review the history of the MCRC, past initiatives, and discuss "Where Are We Today?"
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