Join us online for a conversation on the late Representative Elijah Cummings’ life and legacy from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. His widow, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, and coauthor, James Dale, will discuss Cummings’ posthumous memoir, “We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy.”

About the book

Known for his poise, intellect and influence until his death in October 2019, Elijah Cummings was one of the most respected figures in contemporary politics, a politician who held fast to his beliefs but was not afraid to reach across the aisle in the name of friendship and progress. Since his earliest days in government through his time as a Representative and chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Cummings proved his abilities as a politician who could operate at the highest levels of democracy, serving the people of Baltimore and illustrating the importance of working with — and for — the underdog.

Yet in his final years of life, Cummings recognized that democracy was the underdog. “We’re Better Than This” draws from Cummings’s own life to show the formative moments that prepared him for the disturbing first years of the Trump presidency and spurred him to hold the administration accountable for their actions.


The event is presented in partnership with LANGSTON and Estelita’s Library. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times.

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