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Maryland Rep. Elijah Speaks at Social Justice Summit

Just a few miles separate African-American neighborhoods of West Baltimore from Jewish enclaves to the north, and Rep. Elijah Cummings has sought for years to unite these teens across his district.

On Sunday, he brought his message to one more class of them, telling a conference room of boys and girls they aren’t so different from one another.

“We have a tendency to categorize people. We say, ‘I’m not going to hang with you because you’re black. I’m not going to hang with you because you’re Jewish,” he told them. “What we’re trying to do is represent what it feels like to be in somebody else’s shoes.”