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Cummings declares ‘Black Lives Matter’ in convention speech





Rep. Elijah Cummings addressed the Democratic National Convention with a defense of Democratic ideals, particularly regarding racial equality, but he spent much of his speech talking over angry chants from Bernie Sanders supporters in the crowd.

“Our party does not just believe, but understands, that Black Lives Matter. But we also recognize that our community and our law enforcement work best when they work together,” he said to cheers and chants of “Black Lives Matter.”

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Cummings, an African-American congressman from the Baltimore area who has served in the House since 1996, credited the policies of the Democratic Party for lifting him up from poverty as the son of a South Carolina sharecropper.

“Our party knows that diversity is not our problem. It is our promise,” Cummings said. “We as Democrats, we value every life: black, white, Asian. Every life.”

Cummings speech did not address trade policy, but throughout the latter section of his speech, Sanders supporters chanted “No TPP” in protest of of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade compact.

Cummings voted against fast-tracking the trade partnership in the House.