Congressman donates papers to WSU Law

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– Photo provided by Wayne Law

Judge Damon J. Keith (left) and U.S. Rep John Conyers are pictured at the 2009 Wayne Law Treasure of Detroit ceremony.


The Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History at Wayne State University Law School has announced that it will be the beneficiary of the papers and records of Michigan Congressman John Conyers Jr. from the 24 terms he has spent in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The materials will include original documents relating to the Michigan Democrat’s work promoting civil rights and social justice.

School officials said the donation will provide a unique resource for the public to learn about the work of Conyers, a civil rights pioneer.

“I am honored that Congressman Conyers has decided to donate his papers to the Keith Collection,” said Judge Damon J. Keith. “As a U.S. representative and former chair of the House Judiciary Committee, he has made significant contributions as an African American in the law.”

Conyers said he and Keith “share a lifelong friendship, and we are both alumni of Wayne Law. The Keith Collection was a natural fit for my materials.”

Keith received his LL.M. from Wayne Law in 1956; Conyers received his J.D. in 1958.

The materials will become available to scholars and researchers after they are processed by Wayne State University’s Reuther Library, where they will be housed. 

 “We are thrilled about the donation of these papers to the Keith Collection, as Conyers has been a tireless fighter for equality and a legend in protecting the civil rights of all people,” said I. India Geronimo, director of the Keith Collection. “These papers will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of the civil rights movement.”

The Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History at Wayne State University Law School was created to record the history of African American lawyers and judges.

The mission of Keith Collection is to collect, preserve, and provide resources pertaining to African American legal history, including the history of prominent African American lawyers, judges, and lawmakers whose service to the community reflects an interest in and commitment to civil rights and social justice.
 

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