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John Conyers, Longest Serving Black Congressman in U.S. History, Dead at 90

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Conyers was a vocal advocate for progressive values all through a historic congressional profession.

Former Michigan Congressman, John Conyers Jr., the longest-serving African-American congressman in United States history, was found dead in his house, according to Detroit police. He was 90-years-old.

Conyers entered Congress in 1965 just after a tour in the Korean War. As a member of The Property, Conyers devoted his profession to civil rights and activism for progressive values.  In 1969, Conyers co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus with 12 other members of The Property, and in 1971, led the work to impeach Richard Nixon just after the Watergate scandal. In 1983, Conyers sponsored the bill that established Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal vacation, and in the wake of 9/11, spoke out against Bush-era policies that targeted Muslims.

In 2017, the Michigan property rep closed his profession in controversy, stepping down from his post at the demand of celebration leaders following accusations of sexual misconduct against employees members and applying tax-payer dollars to settle claims of harassment.

In his spot, his son, John Conyers III, was endorsed for the seat, but chose not to run. The following year, Rashida Talib ran unopposed for his district, becoming the very first Palestinian-American lady to serve in Congress and the very first Muslim lady to serve in the Michigan state legislature.



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