Michigan Civil Rights Commission Statement on United States Secretary of State Colin Powell's Passing
October 18, 2021
LANSING, MI -- Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, has issued the following statement on the passing of former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell.
"The Michigan Civil Rights Commission and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights joins the legion of those who are mourning today's passing of former United States Secretary of State Colin Powell.
We will forever remember General Powell, a four-star general who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005, and was the first African American to hold the position. Powell also served as the 16th United States National Security Advisor from 1987 to 1989 and as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993.
Gen. Powell was a statesman and fighter. He was not afraid to speak his mind, and chose principle over politics. He was a true powerhouse, and will be sorely missed."
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.