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Michigan Civil Rights Commission Issues Statement on the Passing of Judge Dalton Roberson, Sr.

November 12, 2020

Lansing, MI—Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, today issued the following statement on the passing of the Honorable Judge Dalton Roberson, Sr., on behalf of the Commission. Judge Roberson was appointed to lead the Michigan Civil Rights Commission in 1972 by Lt. Governor James Brickley.  

“The state has lost an icon of Michigan jurisprudence, and Commission members -- past and present -- are mourning the loss of one of our own. Judge Roberson was a man of deep convictions, whose commitment to justice, fairness and equity guided his actions throughout his remarkable life. He will be remembered as a mentor to many, generously guiding young lawyers and aspiring leaders, always looking to lift up those who followed after him. His generous spirit and dedication to helping others ensures his reach will extend long past his lifetime and into the future. In 1992, his body of work and his legacy of leadership led the National Conference of Black Lawyers to name him Judge of the Year. We are grateful for his leadership on our Commission and to his lifetime of service to the people of Detroit and the State of Michigan. We extend our deepest sympathies to Judge Roberson’s family, especially his beloved daughter and our esteemed colleague on the Commission, Portia Roberson.”

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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