Lumumba, a founding member of Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and a widely respected human rights attorney, was in the initial stages of launching a sweeping set of economic reform initiatives, built on a foundation of broad-based civic participation in Jackson.
He was considered by many to be the most exciting, revolutionary mayor in the U.S. His Jackson-Kush plan centered on engaging all of Jackson’s people in a process of building a more just economy and a more sustainable and equitable future was a beacon, demonstrating how communities can be organized around the principles of justice and equity. We, and many others around the country, were eagerly anticipating the city’s success under Lumumba’s leadership.
It’s a very sad day for lovers of justice and believers in change from within the system. May many, many more like Chokwe Lumumba step up to lead Jackson and other cities with boldness, clarity and integrity.