Many Black Americans served in the segregated military that fought in the Second World War. Often relegated to menial duties, Black Americans in the military were not only treated unequally during their time in the service, but also returned home to a country just as inhospitable to them as the one they had left behind. Many, in fact, did not return home favoring life in Europe to their lives in the United States. Judge Keith speaks often about his time in the military and describes the feeling of returning home and realizing that he, as a black American, had less civil rights than German POWs. He also cites this realization as a major factor in his decision to attend law school and dedicate his life to making the country he loved and fought for, more just.