Michigan Civil Rights Commission Issues Statement on the Appointment of Kristen Clarke as Asst. Attorney General for Civil Rights at USDOJ

Contact: Vicki Levengood 517-775-0558
Agency: Civil Rights

May 26, 2021

Lansing, MI-Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, has issued the following statement on the appointment of Kristen Clarke as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Justice.

"The Michigan Civil Rights Commission commends the elevation of Kristen Clarke to Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. This is another important and overdue first for Black women in this country. She serves as an aspirational figure for young women of color throughout the nation who strive to achieve and contribute at the highest levels. In this role, Assistant Attorney General Clarke will address issues that not only disproportionately affect Black women, such as voting access, criminal justice reform and discrimination, but people of color as a whole. Additionally, she will have a positive impact beyond communities of color, because diversity - of lived experience, personal history and outlook -- builds stronger, more resilient and responsive institutions that benefit our entire society."

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution to safeguard constitutional and legal guarantees against discrimination. The Commission is charged with investigating alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin, genetic information, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disability. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights serves as the operational arm of the Commission.

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