Former Michigan Congressman John Conyers died in his sleep at his home on Sunday. He was 90.
Conyers was the longest-serving black member of Congress and founded the Congressional Black Caucus, but his tenure was tainted when he stepped down in 2017 after he was accused of sexual harassment. Conyers denied the allegations but eventually resigned, citing issues with his health after 53 years in office.
Conyers said at the time, “My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we’re going through now. This, too, shall pass. My legacy will continue through my children.” (FOX News)
- Conyers was instrumental in pushing to make Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday a national holiday.
- Civil rights legend Rosa Parks was employed at his Detroit district office from 1965 through 1988.
- Conyers is among 11 people who have been inducted into the Civil Rights Walk of Fame.