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March 20, 1970 : Michigan Civil Rights Commissioner Assassinated

Jon Harrison


Burton I. Gordon, the head of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, was murdered three blocks from a Detroit Police station on this day, only six years after the commission was created. Although white, Gordon aggressively strove to enforce the state's civil rights statutes and made many enemies because of it. No one was ever convicted of his murder and many speculated he was assassinated because of his zeal for his work.

Sources :

Michigan Every Day

Arthur M. Horwitz, "Who Killed Burton Gordin?", Jewish News, April 3, 2013.

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