I didn’t realize how beloved my Congressman was nationally until he died, and friends from around the country sent condolences and praise my way, simply because I am a Baltimorean. Everyone could see his brilliance and decency. Looking back through the Sun archive, I realized I’d had the good fortune to photograph U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings more than two dozen times. Every time I had an assignment where he was to deliver a speech, I knew I might be teary-eyed before he was finished. His face was as expressive and kind and expansive as his soul. Chronologically, these photos range from an appearance at the National Press Club in Aug. 2019, to 2004, when he accompanied some guy from Chicago with a funny name to a fundraiser, to 1996, when he ran for Congress, to replace Kweisi Mfume in the Seventh District. It was a privilege to document this extraordinary leader.
Over five days, theMaryland Film Festival (MdFF) hosted over 100 screenings and brought 200 filmmakers to town. The event has gained a reputation in film circles for being one of the best places to see independent cinema and the 21st annual festival delivered 29 premieres and films from dozens of countries around the world. The diverse range of films was mirrored by the creatives presenting their work and the eclectic crowds visiting the Parkway theater and the three MICA satellite theaters.