DETROIT — Former Congressman John Conyers, the longest-serving African American member in congressional history, passed away at the age of 90 yesterday. Among his many achievements, Conyers was one of the founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus and led the campaign to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday. In response to his passing, state Rep. Leslie Love (D-Detroit) issued the following statement:

“Another civil rights icon has joined the ancestors. Congressman Conyers dedicated 54 years of his life to public service. He was a true statesman, visionary, and a stalwart for social justice. His appreciation of the arts was only surpassed by his love for the people. Re-elected 26 times, Congressman Conyers’ legacy is interwoven in America’s narrative. He was the voice for African Americans, and he was influential in everything from shaping national policy to championing presidents, and from fighting injustice to purveying peace. From the people of Michigan, including myself, and across the nation, we thank Congressman Conyers and his family for their sacrifice and service. His legacy will continue through all those he inspired and impacted. The Congressman will always be our beloved Dean, Detroit’s native son. And he will be greatly missed.”