NABJ Mourns the Loss of U.S. Rep. Conyers
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The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers. Congressman Conyers was one of the longest-serving members of Congress. He was committed to civil rights and made history as one of six Black congresspersons to win during a 1964 election. He was a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Conyers fought for 15 years to ensure the passage of legislation that would set in motion the naming of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.‘s birthday as a national holiday. He also courageously introduced legislation focused on reparations, despite of efforts not to pass it.
“NABJ extends its condolences and prayers to Congressman Conyers’ family and colleagues,” said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker. “His impact in Congress will live on forever.” The Rev. Jesse Jackson, said, “He was one of the most consequential congressmen,” according to the AP.
Conyers was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.