By AFRO Staff

The AFRO is honored to have always been listed as the first job on Rep. Elijah E. Cumming’s curricula vita and is returning the honor with a commemorative publication, “From a Sharecropper’s Son…,” on Nov. 30.

Through the use of current and archival photography, it will chronicle his relationship with the AFRO from paper boy to columnist as this powerful man learned his real fight in the world was for other people. It will consider the rise of an inner city guy to the highest seat of power in the House of Representatives of this country.

It will sound the justice alarm he consistently set off with passion and power, continuing the fight on his behalf, with his words.

It will include remembrances from individuals, organizations and businesses who have been touched by the leadership of Rep. Cummings.

AFRO coverage began with immediate and hourly posts on social media the minute the sad news was received, continues with the collection of condolences from the community and proceeds with our Oct. 26 newspaper. We will continue to chronicle the journey throughout local and national memorial services and culminate with, “From a Sharecropper’s Son…,” the special commemorative edition that will encompass the entire Nov. 30 newspaper.

Baltimore has lost one of its best and most brilliant sons and the AFRO is marking the moment. If you’d like to add your personal or business voice to the community message, please contact Lenora Howze, AFRO executive director at or 410-554-8271.

“From the paper’s writers, I learned how the AFRO and other Black newspapers chronicled our migration from the sharecropping fields of the South into the factories of the North, including those of Baltimore,” Rep. Elijah Cummings wrote in his foreword to the AFRO’s book, “The Thing I Love About Baltimore. “I came to understand how, during World War II, the Black press documented the heroism of our soldiers, sailors and airmen, and how, during the Red Scares of the 1950s, newspapers like the AFRO were forced to struggle against both financial pressure and attacks by the agents of the McCarthy era.”