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“Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it.”
-Franz Fanon

With a fervent zeal to fulfill the mission of activism and service set before him from the earliest age by his parents, the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and Nubia Lumumba, Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba has maintained a consistent presence in community projects and displayed a genuine commitment to justice all of his life. He began his community work early—serving as co-director of the Malcolm X Grassroots Day Camp and acting as an Assistant Coach for the Jackson Panthers Basketball Organization. Attorney Lumumba received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tuskegee University in the spring of 2005. While at Tuskegee, he honed his spirit of devoted activism and public service in various leadership positions in departmental and campus-wide organizations serving as president of both the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and the Tuskegee Political Science Association. A testament to his scholastic aptitude, Chokwe Antar was selected as a member of the Tuskegee Bio-Ethics Debate Team which represented the institution on a national level. He was also honored by Tuskegee as the 2005 Gwendolyn M. Patton Student Scholar Activist.

Upon completing his undergraduate tenure, Chokwe Antar continued his educational pursuits by earning his Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Sports & Entertainment Law from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Determined to dedicate his acquired knowledge and scholastic talents to the community that nurtured his development, Chokwe Antar returned to Jackson, Mississippi and began his work as a Junior Associate at Lumumba, Freelon, & Associates. Within a year, he was promoted to Managing Attorney of the firm and took on responsibilities pertaining to personnel and daily operations in addition to his challenging case load. He also litigated criminal and civil cases and represented various sports and entertainment clients for the firm while maintaining his managing capacity. His dedication to justice and commitment to community is further demonstrated by the numerous pro bono cases he undertakes for clientele who struggle to afford legal services yet deserve justice and adequate representation all the same. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association as well as the Magnolia Bar Association and currently serves as Managing Partner. Over the past several months, he has successfully rebranded the firm as Lumumba & Associates—a firm “Dedicated to Community. Invested in Justice.”

Chokwe Antar’s deep-seated commitment to his community expands beyond his career. He held the position of Media Chairperson for the Jackson Ward 2 People’s Assembly and is an active member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. His talent for organizing served as a vital component to previous city elections as he served as Media Chairperson and Campaign Coordinator for his father’s successful bids for Ward 2 City Councilman and Mayor, respectively. He played a key role in the crafting of The People’s Platform as co-author to the inspired document. Attorney Lumumba also extended his legal services to protect the election of the first black sheriff in Hinds County. At the request of the late Mayor, Chokwe Antar also served on a board organized to respond to the development challenges of the Farish Street Development project. He is a faithful member of Free Christian Church Ministries and serves on the church’s leadership team. Chokwe Antar’s lifelong objective is to continue to struggle on behalf of oppressed peoples worldwide, so that they may eventually obtain the self-determined lives they so justly deserve. He firmly supports the concepts of community and family and the belief of the community as a family and he pledges to do all that he can to make that concept live. Chokwe Antar is married to Ebony Lumumba and the couple is expecting their first child, Alake’ Maryama, in late March 2014.

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March 20, 2014

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by Asha Bandele

Even as we are still reeling from the unexpected death of our beloved Chokwe Lumumba, his children know that the best way for us to honor Chokwe is to continue to do his work. Central to Chokwe’s vision was to lead the development of a Black-led city in the South that was rooted in true democracy and a deep swell of compassion for the people who live there.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba mayoral campaign postersAt the time of his death, Chokwe was doing what his detractors said he couldn’t: calling people together, despite differences, to work for the common good and interests of the citizens of Jackson. The 1 percent sales tax he was able to achieve will ensure the necessary building of the municipal infrastructure neglected for years. When I traveled to Mississippi to bid farewell to a man who had been a mentor – a movement – in my life, I met an elder who told me that Chokwe did more in eight months than others had done in eight years.

The work must continue.

Last Tuesday, after deep counsel with family and Chokwe’s closest political advisors in government and life, his son, Chokwe Antar, an attorney and senior partner in the successful law firm that his father built, took up the mantle. With hundreds standing in the rain, Rukia Lumumba said of her family, “My father was the guide. My brother is the light.” And with that declaration, her brother, Antar, supported by family, friends and all of his father’s colleagues and advisors, announced his candidacy for mayor of the City of Jackson, willing to step in and move forward his father’s vision of justice and equality for the people of Jackson.

The best way for us to honor Chokwe is to continue to do his work.

We must join those who support him. And we must do it today. The election is on April 8, and without the funds needed to support Antar’s campaign today, we risk the gains made in the city – not just the infrastructure building and the spirit of cooperation but the work done in City Council, including getting the first ever anti-racial profiling ordinance passed, and all the work that is poised to happen: the economic undergirding of the most vulnerable and the fair application of the law that will ensure a truly safer city.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba and his wife Ebony eagerly awaited the March 18 birth of Alakè Maryama Lumumba. Announcing her birth, her dad explained that Alakè means one to be honored, Maryama means gift of God and Lumumba means gifted. “Our family is overjoyed by the arrival of our little girl and are more resolved than ever to make this world a better place for all of our children,” said Chokwe Antar Lumumba.

I have known Chokwe Antar since he was a teenager and watched him grow into a brilliant man, loving husband and, as of yesterday, a proud father. He was the closest of advisors and collaborators with his father when they successfully got the Scott Sisters out of prison and was my guide when I covered the story for Essence magazine.

On the campaign trail and during his father’s tenure, Antar walked in step with his father, helping to build out a strategy and vision for the people of Jackson, while ensuring the law practice thrived. When he ascends to the office of mayor, he will do so not only standing on the shoulders of his father and his mother, Nubia, but standing beside the dedicated and wise counsel his father pulled together to ensure a Jackson Rising.

The election is on April 8, and without the funds needed to support Antar’s campaign today, we risk the gains made in the city – not just the infrastructure building and the spirit of cooperation but the work done in City Council, including getting the first ever anti-racial profiling ordinance passed, and all the work that is poised to happen: the economic undergirding of the most vulnerable and the fair application of the law that will ensure a truly safer city.

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Join me in supporting Chokwe Antar for mayor of Jackson! Join me in supporting the people of Jackson, who for too long have suffered and deserve leadership that is ethical, just and guided by an unbreakable bond and abiding love.

Please make your donation here today. Help Chokwe Antar lead Jackson into becoming a model city, a mighty demonstration for what the rest of our cities might be if they were governed with an eye on justice, not on simply four more years.

Thank you all so much for making your donation today! Thank you for sharing this with your networks today to encourage their support! And most of all, thank you for believing that a just, compassionate and healthy Jackson – a model for the nation – will rise!

Asha Bandele, editor-at-large at Essence magazine, poet and author of “The Prisoner’s Wife” and “Something Like Beautiful,” political activist and community organizer, can be reached via Twitter at @ashabandele and on Facebook. Tweet #LumumbaLegacy.

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‘The Legacy of Chokwe Lumumba Must Not Be Buried With the Man’

‘The Legacy of Chokwe Lumumba Must Not Be Buried With the Man’

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Chokwe Lumumba in Jackson, Mississippi, 2013. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Chokwe Lumumba maintained a civil rights commitment that was rooted in the moment when his mother showed her 8-year-old son the Jet magazine photograph of a beaten Emmett Till in his open casket. The commitment was nurtured on the streets of Detroit, where Lumumba and his mother collected money to support the Southern Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the civil rights struggles of the early 1960s.

Half a century later, he would be the transformational mayor of a major Southern city, Jackson, Mississippi. But just as his tenure was taking shape, Lumumba died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 66.
The mayor’s death ended an epic journey that challenged conventions, upset the status quo and proved the potential of electoral politics to initiate radical change—even in a conservative Southern state.

As a young man, inspired by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s struggle to address “infectious discrimination, racism and apartheid,” and shocked into a deeper activism by King’s assassination, Lumumba changed his name from Edwin Taliaferro—taking his new first name from an African tribe that had resisted slavery and his new last name from the Congolese independence leader Patrice Lumumba.

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Chokwe Lumumba, 66, Dies; Activist Who Became Mayor in Mississippi

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Chokwe Lumumba, a civil rights lawyer who once called for an independent black-majority country in the American Southeast before running for mayor of Jackson, Miss., last year, winning handily, died on Tuesday in Jackson. He was 66.

His family said the cause had not been determined.

As a political activist, Mr. Lumumba campaigned for the United States to pay billions of dollars to blacks as reparations for their ancestors’ enslavement.

As a lawyer, he helped the rapper Tupac Shakur in a successful effort to clear himself of assault charges in 1993; he persuaded Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi to release two sisters from a Mississippi prison in 1996 after they had served 16 years for an armed robbery that they said they had not committed; and he defended self-styled revolutionaries charged with robbing a Brinks armored car in 1981 in Rockland County, N.Y., and murdering three people in the process.

In Jackson, the state capital, Mr. Lumumba earned respect as a civic leader.

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The Election Victory of Chokwe Lumumba

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The Election Victory of Chokwe Lumumba

Published On December 12, 2013 | By Eljeer Hawkins | Fighting Racism, US Politics

On July 1, 2013, renowned radical lawyer, black nationalist, and Jackson City Council member Chokwe Lumumba was inaugurated as the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Lumumba ran as a Democrat, gaining 87 percent of the vote in a city of 177,000 with an 80 percent black population.

Lumumba stated several times that his campaign was an extension of the legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), of the mid-’60s, that challenged the white segregationist Democratic Party of Mississippi at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Lumumba’s insurgent grassroots election campaign victory and program made national news. It has opened up an important discussion among the left, socialists, and activists in the South and around the country on how to take the struggle forward in a state and region dominated by the Republican Party, how to implement a radical black agenda in an era of capitalist crisis, and whether the Democratic Party is the vehicle for radical change.

A Withering Magnolia

The state of Mississippi has a bloody, violent history rooted in slavery and the 1861 Southern secession from the union. After the end of the radical Reconstruction Era, it was the site of some of the most horrific events faced by the black working class and poor under Jim Crow: the lynching of Emmett Till in 1955; the assassination of NAACP organizer Medgar Evers in 1963; and the murder of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney in 1964.

The victory of Lumumba reflects the deeper crisis of capitalism and the two-party system of the Democrats and Republicans. The conditions facing the working class and poor of Mississippi are ones of criminal federal and state neglect, the dominance of big business, and the one-party control of the Republican Party. The State of Mississippi ranks last, or second to last, in state expenditures for education and health care, with the second-highest incarceration rate behind Louisiana.

As Ross Eisenbrey correctly states, “In a NY Times article about a drive led by the United Automobile Workers (UAW) to unionize Nissan’s workforce at a factory in Canton, Mississippi, various local businessmen are quoted extolling the value to Mississippi of being a ‘right-to-work state’ and maintaining a ‘non-union environment.’ Given the economic condition of Mississippi, one has to wonder who, exactly, has benefited from Mississippi’s anti-unionism. Mississippi has been a ‘right-to-work’ state for nearly 60 years, plenty of time to benefit from its non-union environment, but its per capita income in 2012 was the lowest in the United States – not just low, but dead last,” (www.epi.org, 10/8/2013).

Who Is Chokwe Lumumba?

The 66-year-old Chokwe Lumumba isn’t a slick corporate politician, but a product of the radical black freedom movement and activism. As a radical lawyer, Lumumba defended the now-deceased Black Panther Party leader Geronimo Pratt, as well as political exile Assata Shakur and hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur. He also played a vital role in securing the release of Mississippi’s Jamie and Gladys Scott. The Scott sisters were given a life sentence in 1996 for armed robbery that totaled 11 dollars. With Jamie Scott suffering from kidney failure, the Scott sisters were released from prison in 2010 due to the work of the legal team headed by Lumumba combined with a local grassroots campaign.

Lumumba is a co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and author of The Jackson Plan: A Struggle for Self-Determination, Participatory Democracy, and Economic Justice. Lumumba served as vice-president of the Republic of New Afrika (RNA), founded in 1969 to advance the demand of black self-determination, reparations, anti-capitalism, and autonomy in five southeastern states with a black majority – Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina – that would constitute a black nation. In 2009, Chokwe Lumumba was elected to the Jackson City Council, serving Ward 2.

Despite right-wing attacks and a contentious Democratic Party primary race with rival businessman Jonathan Lee, Lumumba’s activism and radical history spoke to the interests of the black working class and poor. But what must be highlighted in Lumumba’s victory is the creative grassroots organizing, mobilizing, and campaigning by activists and the working people themselves. This included the creation of the Jackson People’s Assembly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina of 2005.

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In Mississippi, America’s most revolutionary mayor

In Mississippi, America’s most revolutionary mayor
by Siddhartha Mitter

September 19, 2013 5:00AM ET

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba is ‘applying a philosophy against imperialism to the practice of repairing streets’

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Chokwe Lumumba, a former vice president for the Republic of New Afrika, was elected mayor of Jackson, Miss. in June
Chokwe Lumumba, a former vice president of the Republic of New Afrika, was elected mayor of Jackson, Miss. in JuneJoe Ellis/The Clarion-Ledger/AP

JACKSON, Miss. — On July 1, Chokwe Lumumba, an attorney with a long record of black radical activism, took office as mayor of Jackson. His inauguration took place in the gleaming convention center that sprang up four years ago in the state capital’s mostly deserted downtown.

A crowd of 2,500 packed the hall. The city councilors and other dignitaries, most of them African-American — Jackson, a city of 177,000, is 80 percent black — sat on the dais. The local congressman, Bennie Thompson, officiated. The outgoing mayor, Harvey Johnson, the city’s first black mayor, wished his successor well. The Mississippi Mass Choir gave a jubilant performance of “When I Rose This Morning.”

Finally, Lumumba, 66, approached the podium, pulling the microphone up to suit his tall, lean frame. “Well,” he said, “I want to say, God is good, all the time.”
The crowd replied. “God is good, all the time!”
“I want to say hey! And hello!”
The crowd called back, “Hey! Hello!”

Then Lumumba smiled and raised his right hand halfway, just a little above the podium, briefly showing the clenched fist of a Black Power salute.

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Lawyer Lumumba: Miss. sisters will push new gov for pardon


Chokwe Lumumba, the sisters’ lawyer, said during a news conference Thursday in Jackson that the women had hoped for a full pardon before Barbour left office Tuesday. Lumumba said the women have jobs and are in school…

Source: http://www.deseretnews.com