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Sun Oct 27, 2019, 03:25 PM

Former Rep. John Conyers Has Died

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Source: BuzzFeed News

Former representative John Conyers, a civil rights icon whose decades-long career in Congress ended when he was accused of sexual harassment and abuse by multiple women, died on Sunday, a family spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

Conyers, 90, represented a Detroit, Michigan, district from 1965 until his resignation in December 2017. At the time of his resignation he was the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives and the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee. He died in his sleep, his son told PBS News Hour.

Conyers was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and renowned for his work supporting voter registration drives and providing legal representation for black voting rights activists during the civil rights movement. He was lauded by Martin Luther King Jr., was Rosa Parks's boss for more than 20 years after he hired her as an aide, and was named in former president Richard Nixon's "Enemies List." Conyers was the first black member of Congress to serve on the House Judiciary Committee. He would go on to be the first black chair of the committee in 2007.

Conyers, an attorney, cosponsored the original Voting Rights Act of 1965. And just days after King was assassinated in 1968, Conyers introduced a bill that would create a federal holiday in honor of King, years before Ronald Reagan would eventually sign it into law...

Read more: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/lissandravilla/former-rep-john-conyers-died





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- Detroit Free Press, 'U.S. Rep. John Conyers, former dean of Congress, dies at the age of 90' Oct. 27, 2019

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a civil rights icon whose five decades in Congress were tarnished in his final years in office, died Sunday of natural causes at the age of 90, according to several friends. His death come after a long and illustrious career that spanned more than 50 years and 27 terms in office, but ended in 2018 with a resignation amidst claims of sexual harassment and verbal abuse of employees and misuse of taxpayer funds to cover-up those claims.

Conyers' tenure was a remarkable 53-year-run during which the lawmaker, the son of a well-known labor lawyer in Detroit, compiled a near-record legacy of civil rights activism, longevity and advocacy for the poor and underprivileged. He died with the sixth-longest tenure in congressional history. "For a long time he was black America's congressman," said Sam Riddle, a longtime family friend and consultant to the Conyers family, who confirmed the death Sunday. "On the streets of Detroit, he'll be mourned."

Conyers was born in Detroit and graduated from Northwestern High School. After a tour of duty with the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Conyers returned home to earn bachelor's and law degrees from Wayne State University. His law practice and work in the auto plants in Detroit led him to the office of former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Dearborn, where he worked as a legislative assistant for three years. But by 1964, at the age of 35, Conyers went after a seat of his own in Congress, winning the first of 27 general elections and serving portions of Detroit and some surrounding Wayne County suburbs for the next five decades.

He may not have had many bills that carried his name — only 26 of the 712 bills he introduced became law, according to the Library of Congress — but he fought for issues of civil rights and social justice, including seeking reparations for the descendants of African-American slaves, modifying the mandatory sentences for those convicted of non- violent drug crimes, defending assaults on the Voting Rights Act, reforming laws that put juvenile offenders in prison for life and calling for investigations into police brutality of African-American men.

And he was the key sponsor of the bill, introduced each session for 20 years, that designated the third Monday of January as a federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Conyers introduced the bill four days after King was assassinated in 1968, but it wasn’t signed into law until 1989. In the thick of the civil rights battles, Conyers walked alongside King and other leaders of the movement in Selma, Ala., to bring equal voting rights to blacks...more.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/us-rep-john-conyers-former-dean-of-congress-dies-at-the-age-of-90/ar-AAJqPu4?ocid=HPCOMMDHP15

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Reply Former Rep. John Conyers Has Died (Original post)
appalachiablue Oct 27 OP
applegrove Oct 27 #1
I_have_had_enough Oct 27 #21
applegrove Oct 27 #36
BumRushDaShow Oct 27 #2
appalachiablue Oct 27 #3
BumRushDaShow Oct 27 #15
appalachiablue Oct 27 #17
BumRushDaShow Oct 27 #19
George II Oct 27 #25
BumRushDaShow Oct 27 #31
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George II Oct 27 #29
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NBachers Oct 27 #23
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Response to applegrove (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:37 PM

21. Shook his hand and listened into a conversation...

Back when I was in collage as a volunteer for a summer.(1982)
Remember him as cheerful.
How sad to think of how much has changed for the worse...

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 03:36 PM

2. Oh shoot.

CNN just had a breaking -

Former Rep. John Conyers dies

By Nia-Malika Henderson, CNN

Updated 4:16 PM ET, Sun October 27, 2019

Washington (CNN)Former Rep. John Conyers, a longtime Michigan Democrat who represented parts of Detroit for more than 50 years before his resignation in 2017, died Sunday, his son, John Conyers III, told CNN.

A founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Conyers was known as pushing a series of liberal causes, especially from his perch on the Judiciary Committee. He at one time served as chairman of the panel.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/27/politics/john-conyers-michigan-representative-dies/index.html


That's 2 stalwarts in a week.

He originated the famous "H.R. 40" for reparations, that he started back in the '60s, and that continues to be reintroduced every year.

R.I.P.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 03:42 PM

3. What a week. Thanks, very little was online just now & I grabbed

the Buzzfeed piece but don't like the lede.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:23 PM

15. Buzzfeed sortof got out front on the story

the others were steeped in the weekend sports (WaPo has been excessively ruminating on the Nats-Astros game) and repeating older news (I guess that happens on weekends).

Not long after the CNN breaking came out, the others reluctantly started their breaking news banners.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #15)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:25 PM

17. Thanks & yes, weekend sports. Just added Detroit Free Press article.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #17)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:29 PM

19. Saw you did that and read it before you replied and thank you!

Great article!

I expect many in Congress may be attending that funeral as well.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:55 PM

25. He also introduced this bill in 2003 and every year until he left Congress:

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Response to George II (Reply #25)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 05:26 PM

31. And I believe he was there (along with Dingell)

when Medicare was first enacted so he knew about all the sausage-making that went on with getting Medicare on the books in 1965.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 03:45 PM

4. RIP John Conyers

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 03:46 PM

5. May he rest in peace

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 03:53 PM

6. Too close to the loss of Cummings.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 03:54 PM

7. Noooo.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 03:59 PM

8. I went to high school with his nephew. Rest in peace.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:00 PM

9. He and Elijah

have been reunited. RIP, Rep. Conyers!

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:02 PM

10. .

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:07 PM

11. 🕯 RIP ... Thank you for everything.

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Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:16 PM

12. ...

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:17 PM

13. RIP...and thank you. eom

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:18 PM

14. God bless his soul....

That's how my father died. Good for him. He was a good, good man. He deserved no less.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:23 PM

16. RIP

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:26 PM

18. Rest in Power, John Conyers.

I first heard of him way back in 1973-4 when I read he was on Nixon's "enemies list"

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #18)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 05:03 PM

29. He was on the Judiciary Committee at that time and actually introduced an Article of Impeachment...

...the year before the Watergate breakin, I believe.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:34 PM

20. Sad news.

Recommended.

I first learned about him in the mid-1970s. He was an active supporter of Rubin Carter then, and attended a number of fund-raisers for the defense fund.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:39 PM

22. Sad news

Rest In Peace

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:44 PM

23. This ex - Michigander salutes representative John Conyers.

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Response to NBachers (Reply #23)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:58 PM

26. +1

An imperfect man with perfect goals.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 04:54 PM

24. So sad

Another good man passes

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 05:00 PM

27. Sleep well, John.

Peace to you and your family.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 05:01 PM

28. He lived a long and productive life, and accomplished much as a man of color. God Bless him.

To have served his country in the Army during the Korean War, and was able to go on and complete a Bachelor's and Law Degree, is quite a feat in itself. But then to go on and run for, and win 27 general elections in Congress is something we can all be proud of.
May the Honorable John Conyers, rest in peace. His family has much to be proud of. Our children of color need to know his legacy.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 05:10 PM

30. ...

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 05:29 PM

32. My brother worked for him several decades ago

A summer intern, he used to tell me about the "fiery JC" he worked for. Smart, quite a temper, and never boring.

By the time I met "JC," he was about 80, had already had his stroke, and was a calm, eloquent, dignified elder statesman. This was at the Denver Convention where Obama was first nominated. He was about 80, and he would take time to explain the workings of Congress to younger people and hand out his business card to 12 year olds and tell them to keep aware of the world around them, maybe themselves intern for him in 5 or 6 years.

If his hormones got the better of him in the time when my brother worked for him, there was no trace of that by the time I met him. Just a quiet, forceful, but softly spoken great intellect who seemed to know he had accomplished much, and that his time was drawing to a close.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 05:30 PM

33. He was one of my all-time favorites.

I am sorry to hear this great man has passed.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 05:34 PM

34. He was a champion for justice;I met him in San Diego, where he spoke on his healthcare for all bill

https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/rep-john-conyers-san-diego-asks-public%E2%80%99s-help-attain-healthcare-all

A lot of people may not know that way back in 2009, he authored a healthcare for all bill. Too bad it didn't pass.

RIP,Senator Conyers, one of the greatest legislators of all time in my view. How sad to lose two civil rights giants in a single week.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 06:18 PM

37. Good man. RIP

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 06:24 PM

38. .

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 07:00 PM

39. A great Democrat and a great human being.

He held all people equal and held the powerful to account.

Hasta Siempre, Hermano.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 07:11 PM

40. RIP

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 08:16 PM

41. Fair winds and a following seas, good Sir.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 08:33 PM

42. Godspeed, sir.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Sun Oct 27, 2019, 11:24 PM

43. RIP

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