This Day in Black History: May 16, 1929

John Conyers, Jr., an African-American lawyer and politician was born.

Posted: 05/16/2013 08:00 AM EDT
John Conyers, Jr.

Representative John Conyers, Jr. is a Detroit Democrat who represents the 14th Congressional District. Conyers who entered the U.S. House of Representatives in 1965 was born on May 16, 1929 in Detroit, where he was raised.

Conyers earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees at Wayne State University in 1957 and 1958, respectively. In 1969, he was one of the 13 founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Conyers' accomplishments include the Violence Against Women Act of 1994, the Motor Voter Bill of 1993, the Martin Luther King Holiday Act of 1983 and a long list of others.

During his 40 years in Congress, he pushed for creating and protecting jobs in Southeast Michigan, protecting Michigan's homeowners, and Medicare, Medicaid and social security. He was also heavily involved in international efforts to help Afghanistan, Iraq and Haiti. 

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