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Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission Issues Statement on the Passing of Rev. Joseph Lowery

March 28, 2020 


LANSING, MI--Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, today issued the following statement on the passing of Rev. Joseph E. Lowery.

“With the passing of Dr. Lowery, we have lost one of the giants of this country’s fight for civil rights,” said Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. “His actions and his leadership, from early on when he organized the first attempts to desegregate busses, to the day in 1965 when he handed Governor George Wallace the list of demands that would form the foundation of the Voting Rights Act, made him a central figure in the most important achievements of the Civil Rights movement. But as Dr. Lowery said, recalling the March on Washington and the echoes of We Shall Overcome, ‘The battle is not over; the song is not ended.’ We can best honor his legacy through our own steadfast efforts to create a more equitable and just America.”

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, 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.