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|Varying Form of Title:||History Makers video oral history with The Honorable John Conyers, Jr.|
The Honorable John Conyers, Jr.
|Other authors / contributors:||Conyers, John, Jr., 1929- interviewee.|
Richardson, Julieanna L., interviewer.
Bieschke, Paul, director of photography.
HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection), production company.
|Digital file characteristics:||video file|
|Notes:||Videographer, Paul Bieschke.|
Julieanna L. Richardson, interviewer.
Recorded Washington, District of Columbia 2001 April 24.
Recorded Washington, District of Columbia 2001 June 20.
|Summary:||Congressman John Conyers, Jr. was born in 1929, in Detroit, Michigan. He earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit. Conyers began his political career as an aide to Michigan Congressman John Dingell. In 1964, Conyers was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on a platform of jobs, justice and peace. Social justice and economic opportunity were focal points of Conyers' political career. He was first African American leader on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Conyers attached crucial civil rights measures to the 1994 Omnibus Crime Bill, including the Racial Justice Act and the Police Accountability Act. Conyers generated the Justice Department's national study on police brutality, and conducted hearings in several cities on criminal justice matters. He was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Conyers, the longest-serving African American in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives, was also Dean of the House.|