Peter J. Hammer

Peter J. Hammer is a Professor of Law and Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School. He received his undergraduate training at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and completed a join J.D/Ph.D. program in Law and Economics at the University of Michigan.

Trevor W. Coleman

Trevor W. Coleman is a national award-winning journalist, who has been an editorial writer, and columnist for the Detroit Free Press. He was chief speechwriter for former Michigan governor Jennifer M. Granholm and director of communications for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and father of two college students, Sydnie and Trevor II.

"In Crusader for Justice, Peter J. Hammer and Trevor W. Coleman shows the Judge Damon Keith I know — his deep humanity, his courage on the bench, and his unyielding commitment to justice and fairness for all Americans, regardless of race or stature. This book shows the mind and soul behind the decisions that have guarded our civil liberties, enlarged our civil rights, and made America a better place for all its citizens." –
William J. Clinton, 42nd President of the United States


Foreword By Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom is a best-selling author, nationally-syndicated columnist, radio host, network television commentator, playwright, and screenwriter. His 11 books, several of which have debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list, have collectively sold 35 million copies in 42 languages worldwide. Tuesdays With Morrie, which spent four straight years atop the bestsellers list, is now the bestselling memoir of all time. In collaboration with Jeffrey Hatcher, Albom adapted the book into a hit play that opened off-Broadway in late 2002 and has since seen hundreds of versions produced across the US and Canada. In 2004, Albom penned the original play Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, followed by And The Winner Is in 2005 and Ernie in 2011. ABC Television produced two critically-acclaimed movies from Albom's adaptations of his bestsellers The Five People You Meet In Heaven and For One More Day. In November 2013, Harper Collins will publish his 12th book, a novel titled The First Phone Call From Heaven. Albom has won more than 100 writing awards, including the Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement presented by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He was also recently inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.