DETROIT (WWJ) – A tribute is being held for Congressman John Conyers, of Detroit, this evening to honor his five decades in Congress.
The 84-year-old Conyers has served in Congress for 46 years, the second longest serving member of Congress behind Congressman John Dingell, of Dearborn.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Impacting Health & Well-Being Across Metro Region
The president of the Detroit Chapter of the NAACP, the Reverend Wendell Anthony, says the gala at Greater Grace Temple, is well deserved.READ MORE: Detroit Police Department To Host Drive-Up Candy Stations On Oct. 31 At All Precincts
“He has been a champion for all people and particularly, African Americans. As you know, he is the sponsor of the Martin Luther King Junior national holiday bill and he brought that back 15 years in a row to make certain that that would be rooted in history.”
Anthony says Conyers has been a champion for civil rights, for women, and immigration rights and he says Conyers was the only politician endorsed by Dr. King.MORE NEWS: Metro Detroit Woman Files Lawsuit Against Walmart, Says Discriminated Against By Managers
Reverend Jesse Jackson and Judge Damon Keith will be among those honoring Conyers.