Bill Clinton among those who honor the American representative Conyers at the funeral

DETROIT (AP) - Elected officials, religious leaders, music stars and sports heroes of Detroit met Monday at a church to remember former US representative John Conyers. Former President Bill Clinton, the civil rights leader, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Michigan Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, were among the speakers at Conyers' funeral at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. They were joined by several current and former members of Congress. I would like to thank the people of Detroit for choosing him 27 times, Clinton said of Conyers, who died on October 27 at his home in Detroit two years after resigning from Congress. I would like to thank you for giving you the space and support not only to represent your district, but also to represent people across the country and even around the world in things that everyone should care about. He was out there beating the drum against apartheid in South Africa long before it was a very popular cause, Clinton added. He always supported the people of Haiti, even when he could not support his government. He worked for all our cities and jobs, employment, opportunities, peace and justice everywhere. Not all districts give their elected representative the margin to do all of those things. Known as the dean of the Black Caucus of Congress, which he helped found, Conyers became one of the six black members of the House when he won his first election with only 108 votes in 1964. The race was the beginning of more than 50 years of electoral domain. : Conyers regularly won elections with more than 80% of the votes. After a fight of 15 years, he obtained the approval of the legislation that declares the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is a national holiday, celebrated for the first time in 1986. He regularly presented a bill from 1989 to study the damage caused by slavery and the possibility of reparations for the descendants of slaves. That bill never passed a subcommittee of the House. John is a champion, Jackson said Monday. He is a true hall of fame. For some, Conyers' legacy was damaged in 2017 after accusations that he sexually harassed workers. He denied the accusations but finally resigned, citing health reasons. This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)