African Americans in Howard County (AAIHC) Endorses Maya Rockeymoore Cummings for Congress
“The Inclusion Revolution”

Friday, January 31, 2020
Please note: African Americans in Howard County (AAIHC) is the sister organization to the African American Coalition of Howard County (AACHC). AAIHC endorses political candidates, and AACHC educates and increases awareness of economic, social and healthcare issues affecting minority communities.

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings knows Howard County well and assured us, the African American Coalition of Howard County (AACHC), that she plans on keeping Elijah’s legacy alive and use her experience to build upon on it further. Maya and 10 other candidates participated in a political forum sponsored by AACHC on January 25th at St. John’s Baptist Church in Columbia, MD.
Maya is the widow of the recently deceased U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland’s 7th congressional district. She is a policy expert with a Ph.D. in political science, and extensive experience working on Capitol Hill. Her political experience includes: working for U.S. Representative Charles Rangel, former chair of the U.S. House and Ways Committee; former chair of the Maryland Democratic Party; and briefly running for governor of Maryland. Moreover, Maya has an excellent relationship with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, giving her greater insight and access to congressional leadership. These leaders and others will support Maya in her goal of improving governmental support and resources for families (i.e., social security, family and medical leave act).

African Americans in Howard County (AAIHC), a sister organization of AACHC, is endorsing Maya Rockeymoore Cummings as our candidate to lead Maryland’s 7th congressional district because of her overwhelming leadership capabilities and congressional experience. She led the Maryland Democratic Party and is best suited to lead as a congressional representative in this climate of increasing racial hostility. We are confident Maya has the capability and experience to address critical issues affecting us, specifically education, housing and healthcare.

For example, Howard County is in a critical fight to increase diversity in its school system. A recent article in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette wrote about how our school districts are “confronting a familiar obstacle – resistance from affluent, well-organized and mostly white parents to changes affecting their children’s classrooms.” With U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos advancing her “Freedom to Choose” message on a national level, we are certain it will undercut Howard County’s desegregation efforts. As expressed during a recent interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show, we believe that with Maya’s deep faith in democracy and inclusion, she will prevail in helping Howard County desegregate its schools.

For housing, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson should be held accountable for a greater supply of affordable housing options that supports Howard County’s founding mission and creed of inclusion and diversity in the local communities. Having housing at all economic levels in each community will increase the diversity and begin to close the academic achievement gap.

In healthcare, our challenges continue to include affordable options and the availability of Medicaid to all people. Our families are continually burdened by rising healthcare costs and cost of living.

Maya has addressed these issues and more in her “inclusion revolution” and will be positioned to voice the concerns of marginalized Howard Countians. She is aiming at economic opportunity, education and health equity for all. And we fully support and endorse her.

The African American Coalition of Howard County (AACHC) was founded over 20 years ago focusing on economic, social and healthcare issues affecting minority communities with special emphasis on research and policy advancement. African Americans in Howard County (AAIHC) is the sister organization of AACHC. AAIHC endorses political candidates for leadership positions and expand the public policy debate to include racial and economic equality. The views are progressive with an arc toward improving the system for democracy, freedom and opportunity for all.

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View the release online here: https://www.afamcoalition.org/2020-7th-congressional-district

Scott E