by G. Brown
Representative Elijah Cummings spent his entire life slaying foes. He fought political opponents, racist laws and injustices, poverty. Finally, on the morning of October 17, 2019, he came against the one opponent no mortal can defeat. Cummings died at 2:30 a.m. at Gilchrist Hospice Care in his home of Baltimore. according to a statement released by his office, the 68 year died “due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges…”
In September, Cummings reportedly underwent a medical procedure, but no details of his illness, what type of procedure was performed on him or of any prognosis following it.
Cummings defied extremely humble beginnings to become one of the most powerful men in the country as the chair of the House Oversight Committee overseeing the current president’s impeachment investigation.
Cummings grew up in Maryland where his parents were sharecroppers. In spite of such meager circumstances, he excelled at school and went on to attend college and law school a profession he practiced for almost two decades before deciding to focus on politics first in the Maryland House of Delegates before moving on to congress. In 1996 he beat his Republican opponent by garnering over 80 percent of the vote in a special election for Maryland’s 7th congressional district seat. It was a victory that Cummings would repeat 11 more times in his political career never earning less than 70 of the vote with the exception of 2006 when he ran unopposed.
Over the span of his political career, Cummings was the first African American to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore in Maryland’s House of Delegates, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and Chairman of the Oversight Committee.
On social media, celebrities join politicians from both sides of the aisle to commemorate Cummings.
Our nation has lost a mighty fighter for democracy, accountability, equity and justice with the tragic loss of Congressman Elijah Cummings. He never forgot that his was borrowed power, which he wielded in defense of the vulnerable and on behalf of the American people. #RIPElijah
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) October 17, 2019
Today, America lost a patriot.
Elijah Cummings was a righteous leader that served with dignity. For decades, he fought tirelessly for his community, for justice & for the integrity of our democracy. I’m grateful to have worked with him and he will be deeply missed. #RIPElijah
— Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) October 17, 2019
Deeply saddened by the passing of our colleague Elijah Cummings. He was a giant, revered by all. Our prayers are with Maya and Elijah’s family. #RIPElijah
— Rep. Ted Lieu (@RepTedLieu) October 17, 2019
The actor who plays a superhero on film paid hommage to a man many revered as a true life hero…
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 17, 2019
And some determined to turn grief into true memorial vowing to continue the good fight that Cummings dedicated his life waging…
— Ramona Grigg (@RamonaGrigg) October 17, 2019
TRN extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Cummings. As the hashtag says, ‘rest in peace’ Mr. Cummings…you’ve earned it sir.