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Marching Toward Justice exhibit at Wayne State University

September 08, 2011

DETROIT (Sept. 8, 2011) – Wayne State University Law School’s Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History is pleased to announce that the exhibit Marching Toward Justice: The History of the 14th Amendment will be featured in Wayne State University’s Community Arts Auditorium through Oct. 20. The display coincides with today's Keith Biennial Lecture featuring Harry Belafonte and the grand opening ceremony of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights on Oct. 19.

Marching Toward Justice is part of the Keith Collection, a central repository for the nation’s African American legal history. The exhibit was created to inform the public about the fundamental importance of the 14th Amendment and our nation's ongoing quest to realize the high ideals of the Declaration of Independence. It tells the story of our government's promotion of justice and equality for some while condoning the enslavement of others. Since its inaugural exhibition at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, D.C., Marching Toward Justice has traveled to more than 40 sites, including locations in San Francisco, Chicago, Topeka, Kan., Boston, Dallas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“The Marching Toward Justice exhibit celebrates the courage of civil rights pioneers who, like Mr. Belafonte and Judge Keith, fought for justice and equality,” said I. India Geronimo, director of the Keith Collection and former law clerk to the Hon. Damon J. Keith. “As Harry Belafonte shares his lecture, ‘Where We Are Headed,’ and we celebrate the Keith Center’s grand opening, it is important that we reflect on our past and where we have been. The Keith Collection strives to serve as that reminder.”

Contact Geronimo at 313-577-6530 or igeronimo@wayne.edu for more information or to schedule the Marching Toward Justice exhibit in your community.

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