Distinguished African-American lawyer, politician, and judge. From 1980-1991, he represented the 13th District of Michigan in the United States Congress.
After graduating from Morehouse College in Georgia, he attended law school at the University of Michigan.
From 1965-1978, he served as a judge in Detroit, Michigan.
His first marriage, to Ethelene Jones Crockett, produced two daughters and a son. He later wed Harriette Chambliss.
He worked as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Labor under the administration of Franklin D Roosevelt.