Michigan civil rights act co-author Daisy Elliott dies


DETROIT – Civil rights activist and Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act co-author Daisy Elliott has died.

The James H. Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit says on its website that Elliott died Tuesday at age 98.

The Detroit Democrat spent nearly two decades in the state House and co-sponsored the 1976 law that banned discrimination in employment and housing in Michigan.

Republican state Rep. Mel Larsen is the legislation's other author.

Badriyyah Sabree says in a statement their family hopes her grandmother's life "serves as an example to people around the world to selflessly work to ensure all people are provided rights to full legal, social, and economic equality."

Visitation is noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Monday at People's Community Church in Detroit.

Statement from Gov. Rick Snyder:

“Daisy Elliott dedicated her life to fighting for equality. She showed tremendous leadership during challenging times, tirelessly working to end discrimination. Rep. Elliott knew that Michigan would be a better place if all people were treated fairly. And because of her, we are a better place, even as we continue to discuss new ways to bring us together rather than keep us apart. That is a proud legacy.

“Her passionate advocacy continues today through the efforts of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, which was created because of her work on the Michigan constitution.

“Sue and I extend our condolences to Rep. Elliott’s family and friends.”

Statement from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan:

"Daisy Elliott was a leader in the battle for civil rights and equality in Michigan. She spoke out against discrimination. She stood up for what was right. Even though it wasn't necessarily the popular thing to do at the time, she did it because it was the right thing to do. We are proud that such a champion chose to call Detroit her home. Our thoughts are with her family."