MDCR Director John E. Johnson, Jr. Issues Statement Congratulating Dr. Robert L. Green on East Lansing School Renamed in his Honor

Contact: Vicki Levengood levengoodv@michigan.gov

September 24, 2021

LANSING, MI--John. E. Johnson, Jr., Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, has issued the following statement congratulating Dr. Robert L. Green, Ph.D., Dean and Professor Emeritus of Michigan State University, on the renaming of East Lansing's Pinecrest Elementary School in his honor.

"Dr. Green is a home grown civil rights icon. He is a man who worked alongside America's greatest civil rights leaders, while waging his own courageous battle to buy the home of his choosing. Dr. Green will be remembered far beyond the boundaries of East Lansing; his fight to buy a home in that city was the first successful legal challenge against redlining anywhere in the country. It is fitting that a man who has dedicated his life to educating educators is now honored by the community where he lived and worked with a school renamed in his honor. Congratulations, Dr. Green."

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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