- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Civil rights activist and Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act co-author Daisy Elliott has died.

Elliott died Tuesday at age 98, the James H. Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit said on its website.

The Detroit Democrat spent nearly two decades in the state House and co-sponsored the 1976 legislation that became the law banning discrimination in employment and housing in Michigan. Republican state Rep. Mel Larsen is the legislation’s other author.

“While we mourn the loss of this marvelous woman, we also celebrate her extraordinary life and hope that it 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,” her granddaughter, Badriyyah Sabree, said in a statement.

Elliott also was a co-author of the 1963 Michigan constitution, which created the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.

“Daisy Elliott stands as one of the greatest civil rights leaders this state has ever produced,” Civil Rights Commission Chair Arthur Horwitz said Wednesday. “All of us who strive to make Michigan a more just and equitable place are indebted to her for her courage and foresight.”

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder ordered flags lowered to half-staff within the State Capitol Complex on Monday in Elliott’s honor.

“Daisy devoted her career to helping Michiganders receive equal opportunities to succeed,” Snyder said in a statement released Wednesday. “Her legacy touched the lives of countless people, and I extend my condolences to her family and friends.”

Elliott served in the Michigan House from 1963 to 1978 and 1981 to 1982.

“She spoke out against discrimination,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Wednesday. “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.”

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.

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