(December 2, 1922 – August 24, 1998) was an African-American politician from the U.S.
state of Michigan who served in the state senate and U.S.
House of Representatives.
Diggs was an early member of the civil rights movement.
He attended the trial of Emmett Till's murderers, and was elected the first chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
He was a staunch critic of the apartheid regime in South Africa.
Diggs resigned from the United States House of Representatives and served 14 months of a three-year sentence for mail fraud, although he maintained his innocence.
He was the first African American elected to Congress from Michigan.