FILE - In a Dec. 15, 2013 file photo, Senior Judge for the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Damon Keith speaks about Nelson Mandela, in Detroit. Keith, a federal judge famous for being sued President Richard Nixon and an iconic national figure in the civil rights movement died Sunday, April 28, 2019, according to Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit. He was 96.(Ricardo Thomas/Detroit News via AP, File)






  Cecile Keith Brown: Judge Damon Keith, a force for justice and good in the world

By Aaron Best
Tell Us USA News

DETROIT - Flags were lowered and federal court offices closed for the day in parts of Michigan to honor prominent Judge Damon J. Keith , who was a figure in the civil rights movement.

A funeral service for Keith was Monday at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit.

Judge Damon J. Keith was a force for justice and good in the world, said his daughter Cecile Keith Brown during his nearly three-hour-long funeral service Monday at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in northwest Detroit.

"There wonít be another Judge Damon Keith," she said of her father, the senior judge on the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, who died April 28. "But you all know the real way to honor Judge Keith, our Dad, is in what you do every day. Do you play with your children? Do you encourage them? Do you listen to a student who needs a chance, advice or a job?

"Will you have the courage to speak up when itís uncomfortable? Will you stand up for justice for all people ó stand up against racism, sexism, Islamophobia, homophobia, all the phobias, all the isms?

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who spoke at the service, ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the state capitol complex and on all state buildings to be lowered Monday to half-staff. Federal court offices for the Eastern District of Michigan were closed.

"Judge Damon Keith was a civil rights icon," Whitmer said in her proclamation. "In his decades of public service, he stood up for what was right, even if it meant facing attacks and threats from others. Because of his strength, his determination, and his commitment to ending racism in our country, Michigan is grateful and better for it."

Keith, who was remembered as a legal trailblazer, died April 28 at age 96. He served more than 50 years in the federal courts, and before his death still heard cases about four times a year at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

Dignetaries in attendance were senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin. Gov, former Govs. Jennifer Granholm and Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan, and former mayors Dennis Archer and Dave Bing.





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