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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

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Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion Special Evening with Judge Damon J. Keith: Crusader for Justice
December 8 2014 at 6:30 PM
Schoolcraft College Vista Tech Center
Reserve a spot by Dec. 1 for a special evening program with Judge Damon J. Keith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, who will speak about his life's work, chronicled in the recently released book Crusader for Justice.  The price of $50 includes dinner and a copy of the book. Registration and book-signing will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 and a program featuring book author and director of Wayne State University Law School's Keith Center for Civil Rights Professor Peter Hammer as well as Keith, a 1956 LL.M. graduate of Wayne Law, along with a presentation on current civil rights challenges by the judge's clerk, Sharika Robinson. 
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