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MDCR Director John E. Johnson, Jr. on the Passing of Lani Guinier
January 11, 2022
Lansing - John E. Johnson, Jr., Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, has issued the following statement on the passing of law professor and civil rights leader Lani Guinier.
"Just as this country is grappling with a sustained and organized effort to undermine the right to vote, we have lost one of the greatest voting rights champions this country has ever produced. We are certain that were she still among us, Lani Guinier would be leading the fight against the forces aligned to put roadblocks in the way of full participation in our democracy, just as she did throughout her career. Her takes on public policy were often innovative, out-of-the-box and controversial. For some, it became important to stifle her voice and limit her influence; she paid a heavy price for broadening the country's perspective on some of the most pressing civil rights issues of our time. We are grateful for her leadership, and we will miss her insight and wisdom."
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.