Mayor Duggan on passing of former Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

Mayor Mike Duggan today issued the following statement on the passing of former Congressman John Conyers, Jr.:

I was deeply saddened by the passing of Congressman John Conyers today.

One of my most special memories was spending time with him at Gordon Park on 12th Street and Clairmount on the 50th anniversary of the violence of 1967 as he recounted the story of his courageous efforts to calm the angry crowds.  He has fought for a better Detroit for more than half a century.

From co-founding the Congressional Black Caucus to leading the fight in Congress to enshrine Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday, John Conyers’ impact on our city and nation will never be forgotten.

My sympathies go out to the entire Conyers family.