Judge Damon J. Keith Biography – Judge Damon J. Keith Wiki
Damon Keith born Damon Jerome Keith, was a civil rights icon who became the sixth black person in U.S. history to serve on the federal court of appeals
Judge Damon J. Keith served as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1977. Prior to joining the Court of Appeals, Judge Keith served on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, at the Michigan Civil Rights Commission and as a member of the U.S. Army.
Judge Keith received numerous awards, most notably, the NAACP’s highest award, the Spingarn Medal, whose past recipients include Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Justice Thurgood Marshall, Mrs. Rosa Parks, and General Colin Powell. Other prominent honors bestowed upon Judge Keith include the American Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the National Anti-Defamation League, and the Detroit Urban League’s Distinguished Warrior Award.
Damon Keith Age
Damon J. Keith was born on July 4, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. He died on April 28, 2019 aged 96.
Damon Keith Wife – Damon Keith Family
Keith married his wife Rachel Boone in 1953. They had three daughters. Rachel died on January 4, 2007.
Damon Keith Children
Damon Keith and wife Rachel Boone had three children, Gilda Keith, Debbie Keith, and Cecile Keith-Brown.
Damon Keith Education
Judge Keith was a graduate of West Viriginia State College (B.A. 1943), Howard University Law School (J.D. 1949), where he was elected Chief Justice of the Court of Peers, and Wayne State University Law School (LL.M. 1956).
Damon Keith Death
Judge Damon J. Keith died on Sunday April 28, 2019 at his home in Detroit surrounded by family. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Debbie Keith. He was 96.
In a statement to the Detroit Free Press, U.S. Six Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Eric L. Clay said “Judge Keith was one of the most influential Federal jurists of the 20th and 21st centuries… his rulings in over 52 years on the bench had a profound impact on American life. His decisions ranged from prohibiting the Nixon Administration from warrantless wiretapping in national security cases, to the integration of the Detroit Police Department and the Pontiac Public Schools.”
Damon Keith Cause of Death
Judge Damon J. Keith’s cause of death was not revealed.
Damon Keith Net Worth
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