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CAIR Offers Condolences on Passing of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s Mother Due to COVID-19

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/18/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today offered condolences on the passing of Clida Ellison, the mother of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, due to COVID-19 complications. She passed away on March 26 at the age of 82. 

“We offer our sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Clida Ellison,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “As described by her children, she was a child advocate, social worker and loving mother. We pray for ease for the families who must say goodbye to loved ones due to this deadly virus. To God we belong, and to Him is our return.”

Jeremiah Ellison, a Minneapolis city council member and the attorney general’s son, wrote a New York Times op-ed about his mother contracting the virus and the difficulties the current pandemic had on funeral arrangements. 

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Clida earned a master’s degree in social work at 57 and worked in the juvenile division of Michigan’s Third Circuit Court for 20 years. Jeremiah Ellison said her funeral would have been packed if it was outside of the circumstance of social distancing. 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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