The NAACP mourns the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings—a resounding civil rights icon that prevailed in the face of adversity against all odds.

As a statesman devoted to Baltimore and the civil rights movement, Congressman Cummings was among the most passionate and spirited members of Congress. He demanded justice on every front and never shied away from standing up for the most vulnerable.

From his days in the Maryland General Assembly to his tenure as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Congressman Cummings dedicated his life to combating oppression in all its forms — and holding oppressors accountable.

Congressman Cummings consistently brought attention to the plight of African-Americans and oppressed populations throughout his 23-year service in the U.S. House of Representatives. A native and proud member of the Baltimore community, he consistently took action on policies and legislation that improved his district.

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. (Photo/NNPA NEWSWIRE)

We are deeply saddened by his passing, but profoundly grateful for the contributions he made in his lifetime. The NAACP extends our sincere condolences to his family and sends prayers of comfort and strength for the days to come.

Sincerely,

Derrick Johnson
@DerrickNAACP
President and CEO
NAACP