[News] Chokwe Antar Lumumba Wins Jackson, Miss., Mayoral Race
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#JXNRising: Chokwe Antar Lumumba Wins Jackson, Miss., Mayoral Race
Kirsten West Savali - June 6, 2017
Chokwe Antar Lumumba, 34—son of the late Jackson, Miss., Mayor Chokwe
Lumumba and community activist Nubia Lumumba—is the new mayor-elect of
Jackson, Miss., beating Republican challenger Jason Wells in a landslide
The Jackson Free Press reports
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Lumumba had 23,175
votes, or 93 percent. Republican Wells had 900 votes, or 4 percent.
Jaclyn Mask had 572 votes, or 2 percent, and Kenneth Swarts 175
votes, or 1 percent. Lumumba will take office in July.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Lumumba said at the King Edward Hotel as
he acknowledged his win. “If you have the best ideas, that’s what we’re
Supporters shouted, “One City, One Aim, One Destiny!” as Lumumba
As */The Root/* previously reported, Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber conceded
the Democratic primary to Lumumba last month when it became clear that
the people of Jackson had made a clear decision:
Choke Antar Lumumba would be their next mayor and continue the radical
and transformative work that shaped his parents’ lives—and his own—and
would lead Jackson into a revolutionary future.Still, Tuesday night
was a long time coming.
After the elder Lumumba’s unexpected death in 2014
after less than a year in office, his son, Chokwe Antar, announced that
he would run to continue his father’s mission, which included amplifying
and expanding the work of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
<https://mxgm.org/>, New Afrikan People’s Organization, Cooperation
and building upon the People’s Platform
The elder Lumumba—beloved organizer, attorney for Tupac and Assata
Shakur, founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, leader of the
Republic of New Afrika, an organization which advocated for an
independent predominantly black government in the southeastern United
States and reparations for slavery, and proud “Fannie Lou Hamer”
Democrat—was 66-years old when he unexpectedly died from heart failure.
Suspicions swirled around his death, with Nation of Islam leader
Minister Louis Farrakhan and the National Conference of Black Lawyers
offering to pay for an independent autopsy. Despite Hinds County, Miss.,
coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart insisting that the elder Lumumba died of
natural causes, the county supervisor, Kenny Stokes, sparked headlines
when he asked, “Who killed the mayor? <https://youtu.be/DHOWC44cWbM>”
Chokwe Antar Lumumba did not publicly comment on the rumors, instead
focusing on his father’s legacy. Still, he did not hesitate to make it
clear that he was not running on his family’s name, but on his own
credentials and commitment to his people and the city of Jackson as a whole.
“I believe that even though my father was a great man, this journey was
never about an individual. It is, was about the people—so the people’s
platform and the people’s will still need to be heard. We are running on
a platform of compassion, justice and human rights,” Lumumba told the
Final Call in 2014
Lumumba may have lost that special mayoral election to replace his
then Councilman Tony Yarber, but he owned the election Tuesday night
from the very start.
Read more about Chokwe Antar Lumumba below, as previously reported by
Lumumba is managing partner of Lumumba & Associates and a member of
the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement <https://mxgm.org/>. He received
his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tuskegee University in 2005 and
earned his Juris Doctor degree and a certificate in sports and
entertainment law from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas
Lumumba is a founding member of the Mississippi Human Rights
Collective, co-organizing the “Stand Up to Take It Down” rally at
the state Capitol to support the removal of the Confederate battle
emblem from the Mississippi state flag. He currently serves as the
media representative of the Coalition for Economic Justice and was
instrumental in co-authoring “The People’s Platform
Watch the new mayor-elect of Jackson, Miss., teach voters about the
People’s Platform in this clip from 2014:
This is the revolutionary Deep South that most people don’t recognize,
but they will soon.
Jackson is rising. Mississippi is rising.
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