“I hope Donny [Hathaway] plays when Elijah arrives [in heaven],” said actor Leslie Odom Jr.

On Thursday the world lost 68-year-old Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Odom, who plays William Still in Kasi Lemmons’ Harriet, learned of the long-time congressman’s passing that morning. He continued, “I want Elijah to hear the richness of that voice welcoming him.”

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The Root caught up with the actor in New York City ahead of the release of Harriet.

Watch the entire video above.

Afro-Cuban woman that was born and branded in New York. When León isn't actually creating cool videos, she's thinking of cool videos that she can create.

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