Bravo to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., for his courageous appearance in Baltimore during the curfew confrontation between Baltimore police and the protesters. Unlike some so-called civil rights leaders who show up after the fact, he placed himself between the police and the protesters, trying to avoid bloodshed and violence.

Maybe I missed two of our more prominent national civil rights leaders, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, during the countdown to the 11 p.m. curfew. Jackson did speak at Mr. Gray’s funeral. Mr. Sharpton is planning to organize a march and expects to speak to Baltimore community leaders.

Unlike Rep. Cummings, they failed to take the opportunity to show the nation that they are not only men of words; but men of heroic actions. Rep. Cummings proved by his actions he is the only one of the three who deserves a national constituency.

Bill Player

Nantuckett Avenue

North Charleston