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madeara

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Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« on: October 17, 2019, 12:02:31 pm »
RIP Congressman Elijah Cummings.  Thank you for marching with Dr. King and for your many years of service to our  country.   We learned much from your passionate commitment.
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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2019, 01:11:16 pm »
RIP he will truly be missed, his passion for commitment.  Take your seat your job is done.

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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2019, 03:38:39 pm »
God speed Congressman Cummings.

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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2019, 05:43:52 pm »
Sending prayers and sympathy to his family and friends may he rest in peace

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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2019, 04:11:55 am »
Our nation lost a great Congressman when he passed away.  Our nation will greatly miss him especially at this time of great turmoil in our nation.  His seat will be hard to fill.  But, the Lord has welcomed another of His own home.  Rest in peace, Mr. Cummings.  Special prayers for his family and loved ones.
Have a wonderful day!

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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2019, 05:22:31 am »
    RIP Elijah!  You will be greatly missed!

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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2019, 10:59:17 am »
thanks for telling me who he was i didnt know who he was.

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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2019, 09:23:28 pm »
I never knew him, but I still find that sad. I think he died too young for this era!
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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2019, 11:56:39 pm »
I met him a few years ago in France on vacation.  I'm from MD and recognized him. He was with his wife and they were also on vacation.  We just spoke for a few minutes.  He fought the good fight.  Up until hours before he died he was signing subpoenas.
 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/10/17/white-mob-attacked-elijah-cummings-integrating-swimming-pool-he-was/

A white mob attacked Elijah Cummings for integrating a swimming pool. He was 11.
The Maryland congressman, who died Thursday, had a scar on his face for the rest of his life.

 “Miss Mitchell” told the boys there was a better pool they could swim in, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings remembered later.

He was 11 years old, and he and his friends were getting too big for the small, shallow public pool where they had been spending the summer of 1962.

“As a matter of fact, it was so small, we had to wait turns to get in,” the Maryland Democrat, who died Thursday at 68, told the Baltimore Sun in July.

But there was another pool, Miss Mitchell said. Riverside Park Pool in South Baltimore was Olympic-size, with a deep end. And it was open to the public — theoretically. In practice, it had yet to be integrated.

Over several days that August, Cummings and a group of two dozen African American boys marched to the swimming pool and jumped in.

Crowds of angry white residents, sometimes numbering 1,000, according to Sun coverage at the time, surrounded them. They held signs saying “Keep Our Pool Germ Free” and “White People Have Rights Too.”

“And these were adults,” Cummings remembered. They “called us every name you can imagine, everything but a child of God.”

They also shouted, “Go back to where you came from” — something Cummings recalled last summer as President Trump attacked him, attacked Baltimore and attacked freshman congresswomen of color with a similar “go back” expression.

The mob surrounded the pool, held back by a line of police with K-9 dogs, while the kids tried to splash and play. Then, over the police officers’ heads, the mob threw rocks and bottles. One of them hit Cummings in the face, cutting his eyebrow and leaving a scar he carried all his life.

“The injured child, who received a face cut during a brief scuffle at the Riverside Park pool, was driven from the scene in a police cruiser,” the Associated Press reported.

On another day of the swimming pool demonstration/playtime, the flying objects hit Miss Mitchell.

“Miss Mitchell was bleeding,” Cummings said. “And she grabbed all of us kids, and I remember the blood dripping on my face. I will never forget that as long as I live.”

After they had succeeded in integrating the pool, the young boy asked the others, “Who was that lady?”

She was Juanita Jackson Mitchell, a legendary civil rights lawyer with the NAACP.

“And at 11 years old, I declared in that moment that I was going to become a lawyer,” Cummings said.

Cummings was the son of South Carolina sharecroppers who had followed the Great Migration north to factory jobs in Baltimore. His parents struggled to feed their seven kids but still canned fruit for others in need. By the end of high school, the proprietor of a neighborhood drugstore paid the fee for Cummings’s application to Howard University. He was accepted and enrolled, later becoming student body president and earning his bachelor’s degree. A law degree from the University of Maryland followed.

Three decades after integrating the pool, when Cummings was campaigning for Congress, he recalled that a man came up to him after an event and apologized.

Cummings asked him why he was apologizing.

“ ‘I was one of them people back then in 1962 who was throwing the bottles and the rocks and the stones. And I’m sorry’ ” he said the man told him.

“And I said, ‘Apology accepted,’ ” Cummings said.

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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2019, 09:11:04 am »
I met him a few years ago in France on vacation.  I'm from MD and recognized him. He was with his wife and they were also on vacation.  We just spoke for a few minutes.  He fought the good fight.  Up until hours before he died he was signing subpoenas.
 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/10/17/white-mob-attacked-elijah-cummings-integrating-swimming-pool-he-was/

A white mob attacked Elijah Cummings for integrating a swimming pool. He was 11.
The Maryland congressman, who died Thursday, had a scar on his face for the rest of his life.

 “Miss Mitchell” told the boys there was a better pool they could swim in, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings remembered later.

He was 11 years old, and he and his friends were getting too big for the small, shallow public pool where they had been spending the summer of 1962.

“As a matter of fact, it was so small, we had to wait turns to get in,” the Maryland Democrat, who died Thursday at 68, told the Baltimore Sun in July.

But there was another pool, Miss Mitchell said. Riverside Park Pool in South Baltimore was Olympic-size, with a deep end. And it was open to the public — theoretically. In practice, it had yet to be integrated.

Over several days that August, Cummings and a group of two dozen African American boys marched to the swimming pool and jumped in.

Crowds of angry white residents, sometimes numbering 1,000, according to Sun coverage at the time, surrounded them. They held signs saying “Keep Our Pool Germ Free” and “White People Have Rights Too.”

“And these were adults,” Cummings remembered. They “called us every name you can imagine, everything but a child of God.”

They also shouted, “Go back to where you came from” — something Cummings recalled last summer as President Trump attacked him, attacked Baltimore and attacked freshman congresswomen of color with a similar “go back” expression.

The mob surrounded the pool, held back by a line of police with K-9 dogs, while the kids tried to splash and play. Then, over the police officers’ heads, the mob threw rocks and bottles. One of them hit Cummings in the face, cutting his eyebrow and leaving a scar he carried all his life.

“The injured child, who received a face cut during a brief scuffle at the Riverside Park pool, was driven from the scene in a police cruiser,” the Associated Press reported.

On another day of the swimming pool demonstration/playtime, the flying objects hit Miss Mitchell.

“Miss Mitchell was bleeding,” Cummings said. “And she grabbed all of us kids, and I remember the blood dripping on my face. I will never forget that as long as I live.”

After they had succeeded in integrating the pool, the young boy asked the others, “Who was that lady?”

She was Juanita Jackson Mitchell, a legendary civil rights lawyer with the NAACP.

“And at 11 years old, I declared in that moment that I was going to become a lawyer,” Cummings said.

Cummings was the son of South Carolina sharecroppers who had followed the Great Migration north to factory jobs in Baltimore. His parents struggled to feed their seven kids but still canned fruit for others in need. By the end of high school, the proprietor of a neighborhood drugstore paid the fee for Cummings’s application to Howard University. He was accepted and enrolled, later becoming student body president and earning his bachelor’s degree. A law degree from the University of Maryland followed.

Three decades after integrating the pool, when Cummings was campaigning for Congress, he recalled that a man came up to him after an event and apologized.

Cummings asked him why he was apologizing.

“ ‘I was one of them people back then in 1962 who was throwing the bottles and the rocks and the stones. And I’m sorry’ ” he said the man told him.

“And I said, ‘Apology accepted,’ ” Cummings said.
Thank you for your info on Mr. Cummings. RIP Mr. Cummings and bless your family.

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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2019, 07:38:33 am »
I think Elijah Cummings was an honorable and truthful man concerned with trying to do the right thing.  His leadership will be truely missed and should be by both political parties as he was an example of how one should be no matter your party.

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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2019, 08:34:50 am »
His leadership will be truely missed and should be by both political parties as he was an example of how one should be no matter your party.


I disagree wholeheartedly with many of his political positions and several of his recent portrayals in the news media prior to his untimely death. But I respect his passion and personal efforts in doing what he believed was the right thing to do.

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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2019, 01:48:05 pm »
He had a lot of passion for what he believed in and it's a great loss for the family and the nation.

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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2019, 02:30:38 pm »
Very sad.

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Re: Elijah Cummings Dead At 68
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2019, 09:32:06 pm »
RIP Congressmen Cummings and thank you for your dedication and passionate beliefs for basic human rights and equality.

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