BREAKING NEWS – JACKSON, MS – Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died suddenly on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, he was 66.
It was only on June 4, 2013, when he pulled 86% of the vote and defeated independent candidates Francis P. Smith, Jr. , Richard C. Williams and Cornelius Griggs to win the Mayoral seat. He lived a life of activism and advocacy. Mayor Lumumba earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He later finished first in his law school freshman class before graduating cum laude from Wayne State University Law School.
According to news reports he was admitted to St. Dominic Hospital in the morning with chest pains. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart says he was pronounced dead around 4:55 p.m. (SEE VIDEO BELOW)
In the 1970s and ’80s Lumumba was involved with the provisional government of the Republic of New Afrika. It was always a group that believed in human rights for human beings,” Mr. Lumumba told The Associated Press in a 2013 interview. “I think it has been miscast in many ways. It has never been any kind of racist group or ‘hate white’ group in any way. It was a group which was fighting for human rights for black people in this country and at the same time supporting the human rights around the globe.”
Community reactions continue to pour in. Many were encouraged by Lumumba’s victory and had high hopes to see him press his leadership style and advocacy work in Jackson. He had several events scheduled and it was hoped to extend some of his work across the country where blacks find increasing socio-economic disparities.