Documentary On Federal Judge Damon Keith Debuts Next Month at the Fisher

May 08, 2015, 7:15 AM

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon J. Keith, a Detroit civil rights legend who is still working at age 92, is the subject of a new documentary that will premiere next month at the Fisher Theatre.

Tresa Baldas of the Detroit Free Press reports that the world premiere of the film -- "Walk With Me, the Trials of Damon J. Keith" --  will be held on June 17.

The Freep writes that the film follows America's journey from segregation to electing an African-American president.

She goes on to write:

Viewers will see this transition through the eyes of Keith, a native Detroiter who grew up in poverty, scrubbed floors to get through college and law school, and went on to become one of the highest-ranking federal judges and civil rights crusaders in the country.

Baldas goes on to write:

Perhaps most notable and gut-wrenching was a 1991 experience that Keith talks candidly about in the movie's trailer.

Keith, then 69, had just left a hotel with hundreds of other judges when a man stepped out of his car and said to him, "Boy, will you park my car?"

The sitting federal judge, the chairman of the Committee on the Bicentennial of the Constitution, was startled — but not broken.

Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith Official Extended Theatrical Trailer from The Damon Doc on Vimeo.

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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