In Michigan
5:57 am
Mon February 22, 2010

Mich. civil rights chief dies of cancer

LANSING, MI – State officials say Michigan Department of Civil Rights Director Kelvin W. Scott has died of cancer.

State Civil Rights Commission Chairman Matthew Wesaw says the 47-year-old Scott died Saturday.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed Scott to the rights commission
in 2004. He was named the civil rights agency's director last year.

Granholm called Scott "a great champion" of the civil rights cause in a statement issued Sunday.

Scott had previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Michigan's Eastern District.

He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

The state Department of Civil Rights says Scott is survived by his wife Ursula Henry and his parents.