U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-District 12, was recognized as a Distinguished Warrior by the Urban League of Detroit during its 34th annual “Salute to Distinguished Warriors” dinner.
The annual banquet honors individuals who have made significant contributions to human and civil rights advancement within the local community.
Dingell, a resident of Dearborn, joined in being recognized alongside lifelong social activist Grace Lee Boggs, retired executive Barbara J. Mahone, architect Howard F. Sims, and Michigan Chronicle publisher Samuel Logan Jr., who was awarded the honor posthumously.
“I consider this an immense honor, and I’m most grateful to share this recognition with a group of individuals that I consider pillars of our community,” said Dingell. “I’ve been blessed to be a part of the movement for equality for all, and I’ve lived through much of what the great city of Detroit has experienced in the fight for racial and gender equality.
"We are a better place because of all we’ve overcome, as we continue our work on behalf of social justice and what is right. I’m proud to have supported the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1964 and 1965, and I considered it a humbling experience to join with Martin Luther King Jr. and other Civil Rights leaders for President Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965."
Dingell was presented with the award by Charles Anderson, president and CEO of the Urban League, and Michael K. Lee, chairman of the Board for the Urban League.
“I thank the Urban League of Detroit and Southeast Michigan for this honor,” added Dingell. “It’s a humbling experience to be recognized alongside my good friends that have continued to fight for what they believe in, and in their life’s work to make Southeast Michigan, and this nation, a better place."