Author Archives: Rep. Elijah Cummings

  • Harry and Eliza Briggs’ school bus to opportunity

    As we celebrate another notable anniversary of the civil rights era – Thurgood Marshall's 1954 victory in the five cases we know, collectively, as Brown v. Topeka Board of Education – we should take a moment to thank Harry and Eliza Briggs and their neighbors in Clarendon ...

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  • Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

    Last week, I was privileged to be included in a U.S. congressional delegation that attended President Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa. The experience was an inspiring one, just as Nelson Mandela’s life uplifted so many of us in decades past. I readily acknowledge ...

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  • Opening the doors to our colleges and universities

    “In America today, college is available to everyone prepared to move forward in life,” Dr. Claudio Prieto, then Assistant U.S. Education Secretary, once observed. “For minorities like us, there are still barriers to obtaining an education, but with hard work, those barriers ...

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  • After the parade is over

    As we watched the parades and listened to the speeches on Veterans’ Day, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel offered perhaps the most consequential insight about America’s continuing bond with those who have gone in harm’s way to serve our country. “The United States is now ...

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  • Beyond Jail

    This week, Rep. Robert Scott (D-Va.), Dr. Iva Carruthers, our colleagues from state and local government and other concerned people from our community participated in a public forum at the University of Baltimore. It was entitled “Beyond Jail: Toward Justice and Opportunity in ...

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  • Standing Up for Democracy

    Last week, after House Republicans had held the country hostage for 16 days in support of their Tea Party faction’s ideological crusade against “Obamacare,” reason and patriotism prevailed on Capitol Hill. Presidential resolve, congressional Democratic leadership and ...

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  • Federal Government Shutdown: America’s Moment of Truth

    If ever the American people needed a strong president willing to stand for what is reasonable and right, that time is now. In 2008 and 2012, our rallying cry was “Barack Obama, we have your back.” Today, at this moment of truth for our country, we can thank God that President Obama ...

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  • It’s time to get marching

    As the more extreme House Republicans threaten Armageddon unless we agree to defund the Affordable Care Act (or, as we now typically call it, “ObamaCare”), the Affordable Care Act is already making a positive difference in people’s lives. We all know someone who now can obtain ...

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  • Traps for the desperate and unwary

    Richard Cordray, Director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, tells the sad story of a man who, needing emergency car repairs, borrowed $500 from a so-called “payday lender.” After nine months of relentless payments, he had paid out $900, and he still owed another ...

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  • The Fierce Urgency of Now

    In April of this year, I was asked by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government to share my thoughts on the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s seminal “I Have a Dream Speech” at the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963. Just as Americans of all backgrounds will ...

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  • We are the new civil rights generation

    On Aug. 6 of each year, patriotic Americans of good conscience celebrate that historic day in 1965 when President Lyndon Johnson’s signature made the Voting Rights Act the law of the land. Joined by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ms. Rosa Parks and other civil rights leaders of that time, ...

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  • Rebuilding an America in Which Everyone Counts

    As President Obama and America move forward with full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, this nation continues to be embroiled in the fundamental struggle for human dignity that Dr. King addressed at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years ago. Although the President did not stress this historic ...

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