The Honorable Elijah Cummings, long-time Baltimore congressman, passed away in the early morning of October 17, 2019. Elijah Eugene Cummings was an American politician and the member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland's 7th congressional district. The district includes just over half of Baltimore City, most of the majority-black precincts of Baltimore County, as well as most of Howard County.
Congressman Elijah Cummings was known as a fearless fighter and protector of democracy. He built legacy around helping others, and being a fighter not only for the people of Maryland but also a fighter for communities in need. He believed in healthcare and assisting communities with food, education, and housing. He fought tenaciously to protect the safety net for America’s low-income families, the uninsured and vulnerable. Congressman Elijah Cummings challenged underserved communities to be healthier, stay healthier, and to understand the process of healthcare.
In 2014, he received the award for Exceptional and Outstanding National Leadership at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) Policy and Issues Forum https://youtu.be/2pWRiIdTdmg. The NACHC family also remembers the words of Congressman Cummings at his last appearance before the NACHC Policy and Issues Forum in 2014.
He said: “No one may ever say, ‘Thank You.’ You probably won’t even make the local supermarket tabloid, but remember this: You [Community Health Centers] change the trajectory of people’s destinies.”