He also paved the way for affirmative action issues in Detroit in the 1970s.
One of his rulings, commonly referred to as "The Keith Decision," prohibited President Richard Nixon and the federal government from engaging in warrantless wiretapping.
According to the Wayne State University Press (Keith attended the university prior to Howard), former President Bill Clinton said, "This book shows the mind and soul behind the decisions that have guarded our civil liberties, enlarged our civil rights, and made America a better place for all its citizens."
Journalist Trevor Colman wrote the biography with help from Wayne State University's Peter Hammer, a law school professor.
Wayne State now has a Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights department.
Famous journalist and author Mitch Albom, of "Tuesdays with Morrie" fame and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," wrote the forward for the book.
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