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Walk with Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith (2016)

The story of civil rights giant Judge Damon J. Keith who has decided some of the most landmark and controversial rulings of the last 50 years, including a decision that lead to him, a federal judge, being sued by a sitting President.


Jesse Nesser
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Credited cast:
Mitch Albom ... Self
Julian Bond ... Self
John Conyers ... Self
Damon Keith Damon Keith


He fought for a nation that denied him his rights. Then he fought to change it. When Judge Damon J. Keith was just "Damon," he enlisted in a segregated army hoping that the camaraderie of patriotism would transcend the racism he had known in his early life. That didn't happen. He was restricted to kitchen duties and then, upon his return from service, was granted fewer civil rights than Nazi POWs. Judge Keith cites this as the time in his life when he was most angry; when he felt most disillusioned with the country he had served and continues to serve to this day. Walk With Me follows America's journey from the time of a segregated army to the time of an African American president, as seen through the eyes of a man who helped make that transition possible. As the title of the film implies, Judge Keith will take viewers through many of the locations that played a role in both his personal story and historic events that shaped the nation. From Tiger Stadium where he introduced Nelson ... Written by The Judge Damon J. Keith Documentary Project

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Change a City, Shape a Nation

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Excellent Documentary in a year of great docs
14 March 2017 | by broussardsSee all my reviews

I discovered WALK WITH ME: THE TRIALS OF DAMON J. KEITH at a traveling film festival of winners from The Middlebury (VT) New Filmmakers Festival. Presented in the same cinema within three-screen Red River Theatres in Concord, NH which had been hosting Oscar nominee I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, this equally fascinating documentary focuses on a subject with whom I was not familiar. The film plays delightful homage to a giant in jurisprudence, a protégé of Thurgood Marshall, and a judge whose career as s a Senior Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has not ended at age 95!

Told in chapters by major court decision over which Keith presided, the film features impressive footage, interviews, still photos and especially well-done graphics that teach the history of this amazing man and the changes in America over which he has been a major influence.

In the year of I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, 13TH, and OJ SIMPSON: MADE IN America, I'd encourage a distributor to pick this one up and help spread it nationwide!

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30 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »


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$350,000 (estimated)
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