As cities burn and protestors storm streets across America in reaction to the ongoing slaughter of black and brown people by law enforcement, many have asked what my late husband, Congressman Elijah Cummings, would say in this moment. I think he would urge protesters to “focus on what they are fighting for” and not fall into the trap of letting anger and destructive actions distract from their goal.

As shown when he walked the streets of Baltimore with protesters during the Freddie Gray unrest in 2015, he deeply respected the First Amendment freedom of expression and right to protest. After…

Oprah’s bombshell interview with Meghan and Harry reminds us there are at least two sides to every story. And when it comes to family, in-laws in particular, tensions can run deep when outsiders with little-to-no history with the people or culture of the institution come in and disrupt the status quo.

I believe that Meghan went into her marriage to Harry determined to do the best job possible to support her husband while serving the people of the United Kingdom, including its diverse commonwealth nations. And yet — after an initial honeymoon — Meghan ran into what seemed to be…

What Trump’s Acquittal Reveals About Our Fragile Democracy

Donald J. Trump continues a lifelong streak of avoiding accountability for his moral failings with his recent acquittal in the U.S. Senate for inciting the insurrectionists who overwhelmed the U.S. Capitol on January 6th and contributed to the deaths of seven people. And yet the bigger problem revealed by Donald Trump’s election and events leading up to and during the impeachment process is that too many members of the Republican party believe that respecting the human and civil rights of people of diverse backgrounds is negotiable. …

How Dare Trump Come to Baltimore?

By Maya Rockeymoore Cummings

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and while many of us will acknowledge the holiday with somber remembrance, Donald Trump will use it as yet another insincere photo opp; this time in Baltimore with a scheduled visit to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. We don’t want him here.

Little less than a year ago, Trump insulted my late husband, Elijah Cummings, calling him a “brutal bully” for calling attention to the humanitarian crisis at the southern U.S. border and noting the inhumanity of separating children from their parents. Trump then…

Honesty and integrity matter. They have always been important. And it is especially true now, because people’s lives literally depend on honest information from their leaders. With that point in mind, I want to share a story. It’s a good story, but one that is built on a foundation of untruth.

A Congressman abruptly resigns, ostensibly to save the financially struggling NAACP, and calls then Maryland House of Delegates legislator Elijah Cummings to urge him to run for his seat. It’s a story that Kweisi Mfume has often told on the campaign trail, likely to establish his credibility as a…

Fresh off the heels of successfully reelecting Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland GOP has shown its true stripes by asking their volunteers to make calls and knock doors in support of Cindy Hyde-Smith, the embattled Mississippi U.S. Senate candidate who recently made national headlines by saying of someone she admired, “If he invited me to a public hanging, I would be on the front row.”

As I have stated elsewhere, Hyde-Smith’s comments show how little regard her forebears had for Blacks they murdered and mutilated and how their atrocities have become normalized in today’s confederate colloquialisms.

Her other controversies…

We’ve experienced a blue wave, now Let’s Go DEEP!

By Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Ph.D.

Dear Democratic State Central Committee Members:

I am extremely proud that the energy and hard work of State Central Committee members, candidates, state Party operatives, volunteers, voters, and donors helped Maryland experience a blue wave in down ballot races in our most recent election cycle.

However, the gains from this cycle can easily be eroded if we fail to strategically position our Party to win future elections where conservatives may have stronger headwinds.

We are at a critical moment in the history of our nation, state…

From the America Dream and Martin Luther King’s Dream to the Dreamers, Americans have a love for dreams because we fundamentally believe that everyone deserves opportunity and hope for a better future.

That’s why we can’t let one man and his allies kill our dreams.

Time and again, the Trump Administration has demonstrated its willingness to act in a manner that does not square with our most cherished values. Their decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program underscores their consistent opposition to extending a ladder of opportunity to diverse people. In this instance, young adults who arrived…


Mr. Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio — who openly flouted the law by endorsing the use of racial profiling — is not a dog whistle, it’s an open statement of belief that the Constitution is not designed to protect Americans who are not white. This is not only a violation of the law and our most cherished Democratic values, it is a clear signal that the Mr. Trump is unable to lead our diverse military, civil service, and country. Although calls for…

Credit: Claire Landsbaum

From the torches of white nationalist hate in Charlottesville, VA to the gender biased memo manifesto written by an ex-Google engineer in Mountain View, CA, the stench of racism, sexism, anti semitism, transphobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, and xenophobia is suffocating the land. Some might ask who or what is responsible for the Pandora’s Box of hate seemingly evident at every turn?

Experts on complex organizations — and yes, our nation can be categorized as such even though we don’t think of it in these terms — will tell you that organizational culture, or the values, beliefs, principles and ideologies guiding the…

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