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Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, Issues Statement on the Passing of Barbara-Rose Collins

LANSING, MI--Stacie Clayton, Chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, has issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Representative Barbara-Rose Collins.

"I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Barbara-Rose Collins. She was the first black woman from Michigan to be elected to Congress, but that is far from her only achievement. Collins dedicated her life to public service and to the people of Detroit - her beloved hometown - where she was repeatedly elected to work on behalf of its citizens over the course of 25 years. She was a role model for many, and I am among them. My first position out of college was in the office of Detroit City Council Member Barbara-Rose Collins. She was a mentor and helped me become the professional I am today. Her life and work will continue to inspire young women of color to see themselves in positions of power and influence and to seek elected office in Detroit and beyond. Our thoughts are with her family and the people of Detroit."

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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