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Author: Raine    Date: 10/17/2019 13:07:49

Now more than ever, this is our watch. Waking up to the news that Representative Cummings has left the earth is heartbreaking. Representative Adam Schiff stated on social media:

"Elijah Cummings was the heart and soul of our caucus, a dignified leader with a voice that could move mountains.

He was our moral and ethical North Star. Now we will be guided by his powerful memory and incomparable legacy.

Rest In Peace, my friend."

The Washington Post informs us:
Born to a family of Southern sharecroppers and Baptist preachers, Mr. Cummings grew up in the racially fractured Baltimore of the 1950s and 1960s. At 11, he helped integrate a local swimming pool while being attacked with bottles and rocks. “Perry Mason,” the popular TV series about a fictional defense lawyer, inspired him to enter the legal profession."

He's been called the conscience of Congress. He also deeply believed in his community, Md District 7, that he represented. After the Death of Freddie Gray, he attended his funeral.
Speaking at the funeral, Mr. Cummings, who lived near where Gray was arrested, bemoaned the presence of media to chronicle Gray’s death without celebrating his life.

“Did you see him? Did you see him?” Mr. Cummings asked in his booming baritone. The church exploded with applause, and civil rights activist Jesse L. Jackson sat, rapt, behind him. “Did you see him?”

“I’ve often said, our children are the living messages we send to a future we will never see,” he said, his voice rising. “But now our children are sending us to a future they will never see! There’s something wrong with that picture!”

When looting began, hours after the funeral, Mr. Cummings rushed, bullhorn in hand, to a troubled West Baltimore neighborhood, where he worked to restore order and to assure residents that authorities were taking the case seriously. (Six officers would be charged in Gray’s death, although prosecutors failed to secure a conviction against any of them.)

Amid the unrest, he and a dozen other residents marched, arm in arm, through the streets, singing “This Little Light of Mine.”
In one of his last public appearances on the hill, he begged us all of us to pay attention to what was happening to our country. He warned our future was at stake. It was by far not the first time he spoke with such moral clarity, with passion and with a thirst for others to do the right things, but it was one of his last. He will be sorely missed. I and sending light and love to his friends, family and everyone who his life has touched and made better.

Rest in Power, Sir. We will continue the watch.




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