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Congressional Progressive CaucusPolitical colleagues, civil rights leaders and hundreds of constituents gathered to Sunday to pay tribute to U.S. Rep. John Conyers, the second-longest-serving member of Congress.

They, along with family and friends, were at Greater Grace Church in Detroit on Sunday to praise Conyers for 50 years of public service.

Speakers called Conyers a mentor, humanitarian and a leader who has fought for Detroit and the state, especially in the current polarization.

Conyers’ tenure spans nine presidencies from Lyndon B. Johnson to Barack Obama and such issues as the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.

He introduced the bill to recognize the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a federal holiday, and he is one of the 13 founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Conyers won his 24th term in the house this year, representing the 13th District, which consists of western Detroit, Dearborn, Highland Park, Hamtramck and several Downriver communities.

You can read more about this celebration in The Detroit News

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