Elijah Cummings (Photo: Twitter â€“ @RepCummings)
Rep. Elijah Cummingsâ€™ death has resonated across the country. On Thursday, Oct. 17, Rep. Cummings died at age 68. Cummings represented Marylandâ€™s 7th District in Congress since 1996.
He also served as chair of the Oversight Committee that had been investigating President Donald Trump regarding several issues and was an advocate for reforming criminal justice, cutting prescription drug prices, and fighting addiction.
Rep. Cummings was also known for his powerful speeches and interviews where he gave keen insight on politics, race, and society.
Here are five powerful quotes from Rep. Elijah Cummings that will change your life.
Rep. Cummings on the truth behind receiving the negativity from others
â€œMost people who are hating on you, they are not worried about where you are. Theyâ€™re worried about where youâ€™re going.â€�
Rep. Cummings on embracing the urgency of the day.
â€œI realized that with African American people, where weâ€™ve been blocked from being all that God meant for us to be, I donâ€™t have time to be patient.â€�
Rep. Cummings on providing a path for children to reach their destiny.
â€œOur children are the living messengers we send to a future we will never seeâ€¦ Will we rob them of their destiny? Will we rob them of their dreams? No â€“ we will not do that.â€�
Rep. Cummings on remaining confident with your own abilities.
â€œYou must have confidence in your competence.â€�
Rep. Cummings on the impact of voting.
â€œVoting is crucial, and I donâ€™t give a damn how you look at it: there are efforts to stop people from voting. Thatâ€™s not right. This is not Russia. This is the United States of America.â€�