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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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‘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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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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