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Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith (English Edition) von [Hammer, Peter J., Coleman, Trevor W.]
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The Honorable Damon J. Keith was appointed to the federal bench in 1967 and has served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1977, where he has been an eloquent defender of civil and constitutional rights and a vigorous enforcer of civil rights law. In Crusader for Justice: Federal Judge Damon J. Keith, authors Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman presents the first ever biography of native Detroiter Judge Keith, surveying his education, important influences, major cases, and professional and personal commitments. Along the way, the authors consult a host of Keith's notable friends and colleagues, including former White House deputy counsel John Dean, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and industrialist Edsel Ford II for this candid and comprehensive volume.

Hammer and Coleman trace Keith's early life, from his public school days in Detroit to his time serving in the segregated U.S. army and his law school years at Howard University at the dawn of the Civil Rights era. They reveal how Keith's passion for racial and social justice informed his career, as he became co-chairman of Michigan's first Civil Rights Commission and negotiated the politics of his appointment to the federal judiciary. The authors go on to detail Keith's most famous cases, including the Pontiac Busing and Hamtramck Housing cases, the 1977 Detroit Police affirmative action case, the so-called Keith Case (United States v. U.S. District Court), and the Detroit Free Press v. Ashcroft case in 2002. They also trace Keith's personal commitment to mentoring young black lawyers, provide a candid look behind the scenes at the dynamics and politics of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and even discuss some of Keith's difficult relationships, for instance with the Detroit NAACP and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Judge Keith's forty-five years on the bench offer a unique viewpoint on a tumultuous era of American and legal history. Readers interested in Civil Rights-era law, politics, and personalities will appreciate the portrait of Keith's fortitude and conviction in Crusader for Justice.

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Damon J. Keith was born in Detroit, Michigan, on July 4, 1922. He is a graduate of West Virginia State College
(B.A. 1943), Howard University Law School (J.D. 1949) and Wayne State University Law School (LL.M. 1956). In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson appointed Keith to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan,
where he ultimately served as chief judge. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1977. As a member of the federal judiciary, Judge Keith has been a courageous defender of constitutional
rights, giving real meaning to the promise of "equal justice under law." Judge Keith is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably, the NAACP's highest honor, the Spingarn Medal, and the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member of the federal judiciary.

Trevor W. Coleman is a national award-winning journalist, who has been an editorial writer, and columnist for the Detroit Free Press. He was chief speechwriter for former Michigan governor Jennifer M. Granholm and director of communications for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and father of two college students, Sydnie and Trevor II.

Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-eight territories and in forty-four languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen like Dr. King 13. März 2015
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As an African-American reading about Judge Keith has been very inspirational. He has filled the void that was created by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In many respects he was more of a change agent than Dr. King due to his stature as a Federal Judge. The nation could depend on Judge Keith, like Dr. King, to take a stand on issues and stand by his convictions. Very few understand the impact of his ruling in the case of Stamps v. Detroit Edison. His decision for the first time forced private corporations to reevaluate their hiring and promotion practices to accommodate a more diverse workforce. His decision in the Stamps case elevated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to hold the private sector more accountable. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was originally watered down to limit the federal government's ability to enforce its provisions in the private sector. Judge Keith was not only noted for his rulings of civil rights but for standing firm in defending civil liberties and the constitution.
5.0 von 5 Sternen The world is certainly a better place because of who he is and what he ... 9. Juni 2015
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This is a well written book depicting the life story of a man who is a modern day prophet in his own right. In the midst of personal trials and tribulations of bigotry and discrimination, he stayed his course guided by his deep faith. Judge Keith's life's story inspired me and touched me at the heart level. The world is certainly a better place because of who he is and what he accomplished. The courage and wisdom of Judge Keith to make the changes in a time when the world around him was resistant to that change, makes him one of our great leaders in our justice system and in our world. Perhaps we could sum it all up by saying to him, "Well done good and faithful servant!
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Read--Terribly Tempting to Finish in One Day! 11. Februar 2016
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An incredible book about an incredible figure. If you have the pleasure of meeting him, it only partly does justice to him and his humility. I managed to read the book in roughly a day, just like several other attorneys I know. Very well written and a quick read, despite it's 272 or so pages. I couldn't recommend this book to you enough. There is also a documentary that appears to be based on the book that should be out this year or 2017. I caught a screening of it and it was outstanding.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen More than I expected 21. Dezember 2013
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It was more than I expected, because it brought back all the things I remember happening. It was current events for me. I would strongly recommend this book not only for those of my era but also young folk who sometimes do not seem to remember or act as if it has always been a "free" society. We have not always had the privileges we have now. Thank you Judge Keith.

Teresa Guess, Detroit
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great 17. Oktober 2016
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This is a well written, easy to read book about a remarkable man. Judge Keith is a wonderful credit to American society and I wish more people were like him. I highly recommend this book.
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