Rep. Elijah Cummings Receives Inaugural Schaefer Award


The University of Baltimore's Schaefer Center for Public Policy will further the legacy of legendary Baltimorean and Maryland political leader William Donald Schaefer, LL.B. '42, LL.M. '51, with the inaugural William Donald Schaefer Award ceremony, to be held Monday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore, Md. The award will be presented to Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, a lifelong civil rights proponent, son of Baltimore, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1996.

The Schaefer Center, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014, is located in UB's College of Public Affairs, where it serves as a nexus for excellence and a statewide resource in strengthening and professionalizing the delivery of services of public agencies, nonprofits and more. The center is named in honor of Schaefer, former governor and state comptroller of Maryland, mayor of Baltimore, member of its City Council, and a lifelong public servant. Schaefer died in 2013. He is widely remembered for his catchphrase, "Do it now!"—a call to action for public servants, and, indeed, citizens everywhere, to undertake the hard work and innovative approaches necessary to improve people's lives and encourage healthy, engaged communities.

Congressman Cummings is a native of Baltimore and still resides in the city today. His public-service career began in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served for 14 years and became the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tem. Since 1996, he has led Maryland's 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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