Embattled Conyers retires; how will Civil Rights pioneer be remembered?

- Tuesday morning from a hospital room suffering from stress, Congressman John Conyers unceremoniously stepped down.
He leaves behind a long road behind him, paved history that traces The Civil Rights movement through the streets of Detroit, through some of its darkest days. 

That is how Political analyst Adolph Mongo first remembers seeing the now-retired lawmaker.  

"I remember when I was 12 years old, 1967 rebellion," Mongo said. "John Conyers went right into the heart of what was happening, got on top of a car and he risked his life to try to get people to disperse." 

The images, what he did to break up the riots, are unforgettable to his supporters, and to anyone who was a part of the movement.  Then there is this image of the-now 88-year-old flying back to Michigan last week only to check himself into an area hospital, citing stress. 

John Conyers, a name so ubiquitous that Washington Blvd was named after him in. But allegations against prominent lawmakers are nothing new.  

"Al Franken is sitting up there (and) he has five, six, seven women saying 'This is what you did,'" Mongo said.

FOX 2: "The difference between Al Franken and John Conyers is one person has admitted their fault, and the other person has denied the allegations."

"Shouldn't make a difference, John Conyers has said none of this is true," Mongo said.
Former President Bill Clinton, admitted to inappropriate sexual relations and now has turned his own story into one of giving back to the world with a foundation bearing his name.  

But you needn't look to the 1990s.  Right now, Senate nominee Roy Moore is close to clinching the special election in Alabama despite allegations he pursued sexual relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.
Political analyst Tim Skubick in Lansing weighed in.

"People appear to be pretty forgiving of what may not be very good behavior with the candidate running for U.S. Senate," Skubick said. "He's ahead in the polls down there. Basically what Mr. Conyers has admitted to here, is that basically it is time for him to step down citing health reasons. But clearly there was pressure on the Congressman to do this."

A civil rights pioneer, a man who helped put the MLK day on the calendar as a federal holiday and a lawmaker who founded the Congressional Black Caucus.  How much of that will be remembered when the ink dries in the history books?
"This will not be erased from the record," Skubick said. "It does take some of the glow off of his astounding record in Congress. People won't forget this, but I think that over time, it will not have the same impact as we are feeling here today."

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