“We are heartbroken to share this news,” said Badriyyah Sabree, Elliott’s granddaughter. “Our family holds dear her legacy, which includes extraordinary contributions to the state of Michigan and the nation. ... 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.”
Elliott had a tremendous impact on Michigan.
"The Civil Rights Commission would not have been put into our Constitution if it had not been for Daisy," said Mel Larsen, co-sponsor of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, at its Michigan Legal Milestone dedication ceremony in 2012. "She was the leader on that. She took that social justice attitude into the legislature when she came in."
As a co-author of the 1963 Constitution of Michigan, Elliott proposed and spearheaded the adoption of a civil rights statute that provided for the creation of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. She also proposed that Michigan create an intermediate appellate court, which resulted in the establishment of the Michigan Court of Appeals.
During her 18 years as a member of the Michigan House of Representatives, she was a dedicated civil rights advocate, especially for workers, education, senior citizens, women and minorities. Her most well-known accomplishment was authoring and co-sponsoring the historic Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. The State Bar of Michigan commemorated the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act as a Michigan Legal Milestone in 2012.
Elliott is survived by her granddaughter Badriyyah (husband, Eric) Sabree, and her great-grandchildren Aliyah, Adam, and Yusuf (wife, Diamond) Sabree.
The family will receive guests from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 at James H. Cole Home for Funerals, located at 2624 W. Grand Blvd., in Detroit. Funeral services will be performed by Rev. Dr. Charles Edward Clark, Jr. at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, at the People’s Community Church, located at 8601 Woodward Ave., in Detroit. The family will receive condolences prior to the service, beginning at 10 a.m. Daisy Elliott will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, located at 19975 Woodward Ave., in Detroit.
In lieu of sending flowers, please make memorial donations to the Daisy Elliott Civil Rights Foundation, 7650 Second Ave., Suite 108, Detroit, MI 48202 or People's Community Church (In memory of Daisy Elliott), 8601 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202.
Pictured: Daisy Elliott and Mel Larsen
Photo by Tammy Allen for the State Bar of Michigan