Chokwe Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, has died
“Our father passed today (Tuesday) and we thank you for all the well wishes for which we have received,” said the mayor’s son, Chokwe Antar Lumumba. “What we ask for most is prayers, for we believe in the power of the Lord. We do not have fear because the Lord has not given us the spirit of fear.”
City Councilman Melvin Priester said Lumumba died Tuesday at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson…
Lumumba was born in Detroit as Edwin Taliaferro, and changed his name in 1969, when he was in his early 20s. He said he took his new first name from an African tribe that resisted slavery centuries ago and his last name from African independence leader Patrice Lumumba.