I didn’t realize how beloved my congressman was nationally until he died and friendsfrom around the country sent condolences and praise my way simply because I am aBaltimorean. Everyone could see his brilliance and decency. Looking back through the Baltimore Sun archive, I realized I’d had the good fortune to photograph U.S. Rep. ElijahCummings more than two dozen times. Every time I had an assignment where he was todeliver a speech, I knew I might be teary-eyed before he was finished. His face was asexpressive and kind and expansive as his soul. Chronologically, these photos range from an August 2019appearance at the National Press Club to 2004, when he accompaniedsome guy from Chicago with an unfamiliar name to a fundraiser, to 1996, when he ran forCongress to replace Kweisi Mfume in the 7th District. It was a privilege todocument this extraordinary leader.