Rep. Elijah Cummings speaks throughout a luncheon on the Nationwide Press Membership in Washington, August 7, 2019.
© 2019 AP Photograph/Patrick Semansky
America has misplaced a hero at a time when they’re in nice demand however in brief provide. I, together with different hero seekers, stood within the lengthy and solemn line at the US Capitol constructing in Washington to pay homage to Congressman Elijah Cummings, chair of the Home Oversight Committee, who died on October 17.
As I stood in that line, which finally wound its method by means of the Capitol Rotunda and Statuary Corridor, I couldn’t assist however take into consideration what the lack of Rep. Cummings means to democracy within the US and what it says concerning the want for leaders who, regardless of immense criticism and private assaults, push ahead in an effort to do what is true to guard the pursuits of the nation’s most weak.
Once I went to Clint, Texas with a gaggle of legal professionals a number of months in the past to interview immigrant youngsters in detention, I heard harrowing tales of mistreatment that underscored a normal disregard for offering even probably the most fundamental wants for kids in misery. We got here again and publicly reported what we had witnessed.
It was Cummings, in his function as Oversight chairman, who instantly known as for hearings to resolve what was occurring. He didn’t hesitate to talk fact to energy when he straight and zealously confronted then-acting Division of Homeland Safety chief, Kevin McAleenan, about how such atrocities may happen within the US, and demanded to know what was being performed to instantly repair the issue.
It was Cummings who, after the media was ablaze with feedback from President Donald Trump criticizing town of Baltimore, which Cummings represented within the Home of Representatives for over 20 years, didn’t take the bait and interact in a disagreement. As a substitute, he took to the streets to uplift and reward his neighborhood.
The life and legacy of Congressman Cummings is a reminder to us all of what true management ought to imply. It’s about conserving the concentrate on the wants of the folks and never the wants of the highly effective. It’s exhibiting up and standing up even on the danger of struggling immense criticism and assaults on one’s private character. It’s demonstrating that management just isn’t about self however about others. These are classes we might all do effectively to recollect and embrace in honoring the life and legacy of the Honorable Elijah Cummings.