Cummings, the son of a sharecropper, was told he was too slow to learn and couldn’t speak very well when he was in elementary school. Cummings overcame these alleged defects to grow up and win a seat in the United States Congress. He used his power to speak and negotiate to help the poor in his community. In spite of the allegations about his abilities, he graduated from Howard University Law School and became an impressive lawyer. Born in 1951, he died October 17, 2019 at the age of 68 from complications of a long-time ailment. It is rumored that his wife, Maya Rockeymore Cummings, a Democratic party offi cial, may take his place.
When addressing the House of Representatives, he asked, “When we are dancing with the angels and we’re asked what did you do in 2019 to help the poor and downtrodden?” His question remains. He can answer that he did all that he could to help, and he fought to help his constituents who had drug problems, among other things. Included in that list, he can also say that he objected to the President calling Baltimore, MD a roach and rat ridden mess.
At the time of his death Cummings was chair of The House Oversight Committee investigating the President, in preparation for an impeachment vote. He had served as the fi rst Black Maryland Speaker Pro Tem of the House.
Nancy Pelosi called Cummings the “North Star of the House of Representatives” and had the fl ag lowered in his honor, and she plans to name a health care bill in his honor. Cummings was a fi ery speaker who served as Chairman of the Black caucus and was loved by his colleagues of all races in the House.
As chair of The House Oversight Committee Cummings fought to ensure that all parties who serve in government are held accountable. He held individuals responsible to make sure our democracy works for us.
Pasadena City Councilmember, John Kennedy, wrote: “On his visits to Pasadena, Congressman Cummings always advocated for the uplift and advancement of all people to fulfi ll their full potential. He supported and championed the underdog, but walked with presidents, prime ministers, queens and kings. It was Congressman Cummings’ mission to understand the challenges faced by the average person and work to alleviate suffering and despair.”
Congressman Elijah Cummings will be greatly missed. Rep. Cummings will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, October 24; a funeral service will be held October 25, in Baltimore, MD.
Rep. Elijah Cummings and Ruthie Hopkins, Journal Publisher