LANSING — The Michigan Democratic Party issued the following statement today on behalf of MDP Chair Lavora Barnes regarding the passing of Congressman John J. Conyers, Jr.:
“John Conyers lived to serve Detroit, his community and his country, and in doing so, helped to build a better world around him. His commitment to social justice, economic opportunity, and the empowerment of his people created immediate change for the better and opened the doors of progress for generations to come.
“He both witnessed and made history and set the stage for others to do the same. Korean War veteran, first Black Democratic leader on the House Judiciary Committee, co-sponsor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Act, co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, and longest-serving African-American member of Congress — he will be missed by more people than he could have ever possibly known, but John Conyers’ work will continue through our hands, and his legacy will live on forever.”