Chokwe Lumumba, Esq.lives a life of activism and advocacy. In 1955 his mother showed him a picture in JET magazine of the body of Emmett Till.
I said that they need to get the bad people that did that, and Mama said it wasn’t just a few bad people, but America that was at fault. And this will eventually destroy it. I did not understood that at the time, but she said it in such a way that it stuck with me”. Chokwe Lumumba
In May the people of Jackson, Mississippi elected attorney Chokwe Lumumba to be their new mayor. And it doesn’t look like it will be business as usual from the Mayor’s office. A former councilman in Jackson, Chokwe has spent nearly 50-years fighting for “Human Rights for Human Beings.”
Throughout his life Lumumba has worked to defend the rights of African American activists and communities. A long-time revolutionary Black nationalist; an attorney for freedom fighter, Assata Shakur; the former second vice-president of the Republic of New Afrika; and the co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.
He is also known for his work in support of the survivors of Katrina, by serving on the Board of the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund, he has opposed rights violations by local, state, and national law enforcement and intelligence agencies and vigilante groups; he has confronted the Ku Klux Klan in Michigan and Mississippi.
His election has upset many who advocate to maintain the status quo. Conservatives have of course labeled him a radical, a socialist, and one who will speak of reparations for Blacks in America. (applause here)
Of course with the dire economic, social justice, and health conditions facing Blacks in America, the fact that Lumumba could be elected has provided a spark of hope for many in the predominantly Black City of Jackson.
Now that he’s been elected it’s time to see how much power can be gained to improve the conditions of those who once again have turned to the ballot.
He campaigned on an economic development strategy that included broadening contractual awards to include more businesses. He also advocated building co-ops and participating in the green industry. Another point that grabbed voters was the idea of establishing a local, national and international economic marketing campaign designed to bring jobs and business to Jackson.