His own walk toward justice has been a long one. Appointed by President Johnson in 1967, he made landmark rulings in the most important civil rights issues of our time in housing, education, employment and civil liberties. Judge Keith is as steeped in the history of civil rights as any of the movement's martyrs, from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Judge Keith's mentor Thurgood Marshall, to the woman he calls Mother Parks. In fact, when Rosa Parks moved to Detroit, Judge Keith found her employment at the federal court building. Looking back on those days, it seems surreal to remember routinely seeing the mother of the civil rights movement in the courthouse hallways.