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MDCR mourns first Commission Co-Chair

Lansing, MI–Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu, executive director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Federal Judge Damon Keith of Detroit. Keith served as one of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission's first co-chairs. 

"Michigan and the nation have lost a great civil rights icon. Judge Damon Keith became a revered figure in civil rights and in jurisprudence. Along with his cochair Judge John Feikens, Judge Keith was the first to lead the newly-created Michigan Civil Rights Commission in 1964.  We will sorely miss his wisdom and guidance and remain grateful for his leadership, brilliant legal mind, and commitment to social justice."

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the operational arm of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, is charged with investigating and resolving discrimination complaints and works to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The Department also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives and equal employment law. For more information on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, go to


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