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In Memoriam: Congressman Elijah Cummings


The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee honors the life and legacy of civil rights leader and longtime Baltimore congressman, Elijah Cummings, who passed away Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the age of 68.

The son of Southern sharecroppers, Congressman Cummings grew up in Baltimore during the racially tense 1950s and 1960s. His pursuit of social justice began at a young age. When Cummings was 11, he helped integrate a local swimming pool while being attacked with bottles and rocks. Congressman Cummings went on to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a lawyer. He graduated from Howard University with Phi Beta Kappa honors and went on to become the first black speaker pro tem in the Maryland State Assembly.

Congressman Cummings rose through the ranks in the Maryland House of Delegates before winning a congressional seat in 1996. He represented major parts of Baltimore and surrounding areas in Congress and was seen as a civil rights champion and a passionate advocate on issues affecting his constituents and individuals across the country.

"He worked until his last breath because he believed our democracy was the highest and best expression of our collective humanity and that our nation's diversity was our promise, not our problem," said Cummings widow, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.