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10-19-2019 07:55 PM - edited 10-19-2019 07:56 PM
Rep. Elijah Cummings Will Lie in State at U.S. Capitol
BALTIMORE (AP) — The body of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol next week.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office said in a news release that a formal ceremony open to members of Congress, the Cummings family and invited guests will be held Thursday morning, followed by a public viewing.
A wake and funeral for Cummings is planned the following day at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, where he worshipped for nearly four decades.
Morgan State University will also host a public viewing and celebration of his life Wednesday.
10-19-2019 08:07 PM
I have been thinking about him more and more since he passed. I have come to realize how important our words and kindnesses are. You don't need tremendous wealth and education from the Harvards or Yales of the world. It is what you say and do in life, how you treat the world. It is a gift that not everyone is blessed with, because you have to really feel the plight of others. I think it is a God given blessing that is in all of us, but we dont always know how to use it.
iwhat you do must come from the heart, and be done with a humble spirit.
Elijah cummings is like the many who have given in so many ways. What is remarkable about people like him, is it's always about others. Making life better for one person, a few people or thousands expecting nothing in return, but benefit for others. They see a need, fill it. But they have effected others in such a way ...thousands come to honor them and thank them when they die.
10-20-2019 06:44 AM - edited 10-22-2019 12:51 AM
It took me a while to write, not sure how to express my grief. I appreciate the gracious, thoughtful, heartfelt comments here. I appreciate each of you, individually.
In his first speech in front of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Cummings shared the poem that was close to his heart and essential to his life.
"I only have a minute.
Sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon me, I did not choose it,
But I know that I must use it.
Give account if I abuse it.
Suffer, if I lose it.
Only a tiny little minute,
But eternity is in it."
10-20-2019 10:58 AM
Thank you for the two poems that crystallize the rare essence of a rare soul. Perfect companion pieces to a life well-led. Your words expressed a deep understanding of who Elijah Cummings was.
10-21-2019 08:02 AM
Was shocked to hear that he’d died and much younger than I thought he was. It was reported that he’d had knee and hip surgeries and infections from both. How recently that was...I haven’t heard. It was also reported he was in hospice and had cancer.
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