Civil Rights

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has chosen a new leader for the state Department of Civil Rights.

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As the fight for equal protection under the law continues across America, Michigan is honoring two of its own civil rights pioneers.

Choir at MLK luncheon photo

Civil rights advocates gathered in Lansing today for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday luncheon.

Agustin Arbulu
Michigan Department of Civil Rights

The embattled director of Michigan's civil rights department has taken a leave of absence, weeks after he was reprimanded for making inappropriate remarks about the appearance of a woman he saw outside a meeting.

Attorney General Dana Nessel

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is not bound by a 2018 state opinion that says LGBT people have no protection under an anti-discrimination law, Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office said Tuesday, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending consideration of whether sex-based discrimination covers sexual orientation and gender identity.

people eating lunch
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The city of Lansing has kicked off its annual Juneteenth celebration.


Damon Keith

Funeral arrangements have been set in Detroit for prominent Judge Damon J. Keith, who was a figure in the civil rights movement.

Damon Keith

Damon J. Keith, a federal judge famous for being sued by President Richard Nixon and an iconic national figure in the civil rights movement has died at the age of 96.

Ernest Green
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Ernest Green, a civil rights icon, will be the grand marshal of this evening’s Michigan State University homecoming parade.