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Michigan Department of Civil Rights Issues Statement on Federal Grants to Help Preserve Michigan Civil Rights Sites and History

LANSING, MI--John. E. Johnson, Jr., Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, has issued the following statement on the announcement that Michigan projects were selected to receive $1.4 million in African American Civil Rights Grants from National Park Service.

"The history of the civil rights movement cannot be told solely through the study of storied marches and inspiring oratory. The places this funding will protect showcase the lived experience of Black families and communities striving for equality in a tumultuous and consequential time. We are proud of these places of significance to our own civil rights story and echo the Governor's words on the importance of preserving the sites where Michiganders fought for equity and fair housing."

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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