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Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba Has Died

ACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has died.

He was admitted to St. Dominic Hospital Tuesday morning with chest pains.
Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart says he was pronounced dead around 4:55 p.m. 

Lumumba won the Mayor's office in June 4, 2013, pulling 86% of the vote and defeating independent candidates Francis P. Smith, Jr. , Richard C. Williams and Cornelius Griggs.

Mayor Lumumba was born August 2, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. He is the second of eight children born to Lucien and Priscilla Francis Taliaferro.

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.

Prior to his election as Mayor, Mr. Lumumba served as Jackson City Councilman for Ward 2. 

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant released this statement:

"Deborah and I are shocked and saddened by the news of Mayor Lumumba's passing and are praying for his loved ones. Just a short time ago, I had the opportunity to join the mayor in a church pew as we welcomed a new development to the city. His enthusiasm for Jackson will be deeply missed."

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Comment by Senghor Baye on February 26, 2014 at 4:45pm
You are so right this is a tremendous lost. Our Brother was top of the line in leadership on all levels. A friend and committed warrior for our people. All others need to emulate his consistency and service. Ashe!
Comment by Jasper Jones on February 26, 2014 at 4:29pm
Most of our people do not know the magnitude of the loss of leadership that we have suffered with the loss of our HONORABLE WARIOR FOR JUSTICE BROTHER Chokwe Lumumba. I do however know because I was with him on the civil rights battlefield at Kalamazoo College and he had agreed in principle to help me to bring the River-City-to-Hydrogen (RCtH™) Dream-Team™ Technologies to Jackson last year. There are very few people in leadership positions in our society of the caliber and integrity of the late Chokwe Lumumba I know as I have been all over the United States talking with them!
My heart goes out to the rest of Chokwe Lumumba I’s family and freiends!
Jasper Jones, Executive Director UBCA - Community Trust® (for family life improvement) Inc. the River-City-to-Hydrogen (RCtH™) Dream-Team™ Promotion Organization, Data Spectrum Senior Consultant Engineer and Project Configuration Management Engineer

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