As the world continues to reel from the news that Rep. Elijah Cummings has passed, a gathering call of remembrance of the longtime politician is currently growing. On Twitter, several hashtags have cropped up in honor of the Maryland congressman and we’ve combed through the responses.
Cummings was a true son of Baltimore and was born in Charm City on January 18, 1951. He attended Howard University where he earned a degree in Political Science. In 1976, Cummings earned his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law before embarking upon a political career in 1983 when he began serving as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates until 1996.
In April 1996, Cummings began representing Maryland’s 7th District, taking over the seat from the former longtime incumbent, Kweisi Mfume. Cummings earned a reputation for strong speeches and was known for his fierce loyalty to his hometown. Baltimore came under criticism from President Donald Trump, which Cummings took on as the champion of the city he was. As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Cummings was the face and leader of the investigative arm of the House body and drew the ire of Trump for his pointed questioning in the wake of the Mueller probe.
Rep. Elijah Cummings is survived by his wife Maya Rockeymoore Cummings and their three children. He was 68. May he rest powerfully in peace.
Keep scrolling to see some of the reactions to the passing of Congress Cummings.
Twitter Reacts To The Loss Of Congressman Elijah Cummings was originally published on hiphopwired.com
This one has broken me.— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 17, 2019
I am broken. @RepCummings was a lion. A fierce warrior for justice. He was principled and kind. His spirit was pure & his moral compass was true. He will be GREATLY missed.
This one really, really hurts. #RIPSir #ElijahCummings
This is so incredibly sad, and way too young. I wish this true patriot had lived to see a better A better America than the one he's leaving.— Ⓢⓟⓔⓔⓝⓔⓡ (@iamspencer) October 17, 2019
We'll get take it from here. #RIPSir https://t.co/2jXOuppG5D
Today, I could care less what is going on elsewhere in politics. Those distractions can wait for a day.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) October 17, 2019
I just want to reflect on the legacy of a man who is seriously worthy to literally rest in peace for he served the people for a lifetime.#RIPSir #ElijahCummings pic.twitter.com/AHVEHvJpoF
As a child, Rep. Elijah Cummings was assigned to special-education classes from K-6. “I was in special ed, but I felt like I was a caged bird. I felt like I could do better," he told an audience of special education students in 2012. Indeed!#RestInPower #RIPSir #ElijahCummings pic.twitter.com/R2edzA3mUS— melinda d. anderson (@mdawriter) October 17, 2019
"@RepCummings is a great lose to our nation. A patriotic principled leader, one of my dearest, a true advocate for justice left us. My heart is broken, my thoughts and prayers to the Cummings family. #RIPSir #ElijahCummings #Baltimore pic.twitter.com/tdYbKgE9QX— Kevin Peterson (@KevinP4Real) October 17, 2019
Leave an extra chair at the table tonight for Elijah Cummings, American hero, icon of dignity & grace. “We are so much better than this” should be the epitaph of our time. #ripelijah #ripsir #elijahcummings— ReadAPoemToday (@ToddTemkin) October 17, 2019
I am heartbroken.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) October 17, 2019
While we slept, we lost one of the most courageous and honorable leaders in Congress.
The Honorable Congressman Elijah Cummings has passed.
He will be sorely missed.
Deepest, most heartfelt condolences to his family. And US.
REST IN POWER.#RIPSir pic.twitter.com/6NMd3PmGTB
Elijah Cummings is an American hero. Serving his life to fight for the dignity and respect for others. From his service in the Civil Rights movement to that of his Congressional service, I thank him. May God bless his family in this troubled time. #RIPSir 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼— Cesar (@carthurd2) October 17, 2019
"When we are dancing with the angels, the question will be asked: in 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing?" – Elijah Cummings during the Michael Cohen hearing #RIPSir #RIPElijahpic.twitter.com/QmMmeVUfts— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 17, 2019