In 1963, Michigan voters approved a new state constitution which set up the first Civil Rights Commission in U.S. history.
The Commission works to ensure each citizen receives equal protection without discrimination
Today, fifty years after the creation of the Commission, Matt Wesaw runs the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. A former state trooper, Wesaw is the first Native American to lead the Civil Rights Department.
Wesaw met with us in the studio to discuss the future of civil rights in Michigan.
Listen to the full interview above.