Congressman John Conyers who fought valiantly for Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday introduced the legislation for Americans of African Descent to get their just rewards for enduring slavery and Jim Crow oppression has passed away today. Representative John Conyers lived a rich life of 90 years and in his time Representative Conyers saw many achievements by peoples of color. He also experienced many of the pitfalls that accompanied people of color in this nation.
Representative John Conyers experienced the mass demonstrations of the civil rights movements, he hired Rosa Parks to be on his staff when Ms. Parks moved to Detroit, he shepherded the political black power movement that moved Detroit from being controlled by white politicians to black politicians throughout the city, he also was on the streets of Detroit's inner city in 1967 attempting to mitigate the violence of the tragic riots, He also saw the mass exodus of whites fleeing Detroit's inner for the vanilla suburbs, he saw the economic collapse of Detroit's municipal government, and finally Representative John Conyers has seen the rebirth of Detroit economic machine.
There need to be special services to honor Representative John Conyers for he is one of the last of a dying breed of black political figures who rose through the ashes of injustice. Representative Conyers fought the battles that were unwinnable but he continued to fight the fight. John Conyers was born 5 months before the collapse of Wall Street on October 29, 1929. He served in Congress for a 1/2 century, he fought in the Korean War, he battled injustice in his nation North and South, he endured constant criticism from his many political adversaries, and he maintained his dignity and restrain when others would have evaporated from the pressure.
John Conyers never understood "no". John Conyers's mind was fixated on the singular thought, "why not". So today October 27, 2019, after 90 years of life. John Conyers the symbol of black political consciousness takes his eternal rest and the nation both white and black should say well done John Conyers you were indeed a credit to the American spirit of democracy. Congressman Conyers, it seemed throughout your life couldn't be shook or shaken by enemies at your gate. Your life path, Representative John Conyers was forged in righteousness and built on a solid foundation of belief in justice for all.