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Damon Keith Center Opens Today To Honor Judge's Life And Legacy

DETROIT (WWJ) - The life and legacy of federal Judge Damon Keith will be celebrated Wednesday.

Wayne State University Law School will be celebrating the grand opening of the Damon Keith Center for Civil Rights. The Keith Center honors the life and legacy of Keith, a federal judge, civil rights figure and 1956 Wayne State University Law School alumnus.

Professor Peter Hammer will welcome the public. "Part of the new building is a permanent version of our 'Marching Toward Justice' exhibit telling the story of the 14th Amendment, and it's been designed to be a public destination site," Hammer told WWJ Newsradio 950.

The two-story, 10,000-square-foot building features classrooms, conference rooms, student organization space and a lecture hall. Judge Keith is 89 years old, and is currently a senior judge on the U-S Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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