John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights, Dies at 80

Posted July 18th, 2020  |  News

The New York Times paid fitting tribute to Rep. John Lewis in a front page obituary that reviews the highlights of his life as a civil rights crusader.

Click here to see the NYT obituary.


MCHR Advisory Board Member Bill Wylie-Kellerman Publishes Article on Corktown Gentrification in Metro Times

Posted July 13th, 2020  |  News

MCHR Advisory Board Member has published an article in the Metro Times regarding the gentrification now occurring in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood.

In his article (“Corktown’s Black Housing Project is ‘Target Area’ for Developers”), Wylie-Kellerman reported on current and prior redevelopment initiatives in Corktown and the impact on current residents of this district.

The Corktown neighborhood, which is named for its 19th century Irish residents from County Cork, Ireland, is in the area adjacent to the former site of Tiger Stadium at Michigan and Trumball Avenues in the near west side of Detroit.

Click here to read the entire article.


Civil Rights Coalition Files Class Action Lawsuit Challenging Detroit Water Shutoff

Posted July 13th, 2020  |  News

A coalition of civil rights organizations have filed a class action lawsuit in federal court to make water affordable and end permanent shutoffs for Detroit residents.  According to the complaint, Detroit’s water shutoff policy violates the civil rights of thousands of Detroit residents by forcing them to live without a service essential to their health.

The lawsuit also alleges that water shut-offs disproportionately affect Black Detroiters in violation of the Fair Housing Act and Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act. The lawsuit seeks to permanently end the water shut-off policy and asks for a court order immediately preventing shut-offs from resuming.

Click here to view the announcement and complaint.


MCHR Co-Sponsors Detroit Free Press Ad Supporting Police Brutality Protesters

Posted July 9th, 2020  |  News

MCHR was one of 65 SE Michigan social justice and civil rights groups co-sponsoring an ad supporting the protesters who have been demonstrating against police brutality and systemic racism.

The full-page ad, which also listed the demands of the protestors, was published in the Detroit Free Press.

To view the ad click here.


MCHR Board Member Dorothy Dewberry Aldridge and Dan Aldridge Interviewed in WDIV/NBC Documentary “Spirit of Detroit: Fulfilling the Dream”

Posted June 29th, 2020  |  News

MCHR Board Member and long-time Detroit civil rights activist Member Dorothy Dewberry Aldridge and her husband Dan Aldridge (also a well known Detroit civil rights activist) were recently interviewed as part of a documentary entitled “Spirit of Detroit: Fulfilling the Dream.” The documentary, which was produced by Detroit’s NBC affiliate WDIV, examined the history of the civil rights movement in the U.S. with a Detroit perspective.

Since the public murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, 2020 there have been large public demonstrations protesting police brutality against African Americans in 2000 cities and towns in the U.S. and around the world.

The protests have led to numerous legislative proposals at federal, state and municipal levels intended to combat police misconduct, sytemic racism and police brutality in the United States.

Click here to see interview with Dorothy and Dan Aldridge from Spirit of Detroit: Fulfilling the Dream” documentary.

Click here to view “Spirit of Detroit: Fulfilling the Dream” documentary in its entirety.