The Honorable Representative John James Conyers Jr., an advocate of liberal causes for five decades and the longest-serving African-American in the history of Congress, died on Sunday at his home in Detroit. He was 90
John James Conyers Jr. was born in Detroit on May 16, 1929, a son of John and Lucille (Simpson) Conyers. His father was an executive of the United Auto Workers.
He was a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971. He opposed calls for “black power,” a movement that sought to create black institutions and make black people a political force, and instead emphasized the importance of registering to vote.