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Support Chokwe Antar Lumumba for mayor of Jackson, Miss.

March 20, 2014

by Asha Bandele

Even as we are still reeling from the unexpected death of our beloved Chokwe Lumumba, his children know that the best way for us to honor Chokwe is to continue to do his work. Central to Chokwe’s vision was to lead the development of a Black-led city in the South that was rooted in true democracy and a deep swell of compassion for the people who live there.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba mayoral campaign postersAt the time of his death, Chokwe was doing what his detractors said he couldn’t: calling people together, despite differences, to work for the common good and interests of the citizens of Jackson. The 1 percent sales tax he was able to achieve will ensure the necessary building of the municipal infrastructure neglected for years. When I traveled to Mississippi to bid farewell to a man who had been a mentor – a movement – in my life, I met an elder who told me that Chokwe did more in eight months than others had done in eight years.

The work must continue.

Last Tuesday, after deep counsel with family and Chokwe’s closest political advisors in government and life, his son, Chokwe Antar, an attorney and senior partner in the successful law firm that his father built, took up the mantle. With hundreds standing in the rain, Rukia Lumumba said of her family, “My father was the guide. My brother is the light.” And with that declaration, her brother, Antar, supported by family, friends and all of his father’s colleagues and advisors, announced his candidacy for mayor of the City of Jackson, willing to step in and move forward his father’s vision of justice and equality for the people of Jackson.

The best way for us to honor Chokwe is to continue to do his work.

We must join those who support him. And we must do it today. The election is on April 8, and without the funds needed to support Antar’s campaign today, we risk the gains made in the city – not just the infrastructure building and the spirit of cooperation but the work done in City Council, including getting the first ever anti-racial profiling ordinance passed, and all the work that is poised to happen: the economic undergirding of the most vulnerable and the fair application of the law that will ensure a truly safer city.

Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Ebony Lumumba awaiting 031814 birth of Alakè Maryama Lumumba
Chokwe Antar Lumumba and his wife Ebony eagerly awaited the March 18 birth of Alakè Maryama Lumumba. Announcing her birth, her dad explained that Alakè means one to be honored, Maryama means gift of God and Lumumba means gifted. “Our family is overjoyed by the arrival of our little girl and are more resolved than ever to make this world a better place for all of our children,” said Chokwe Antar Lumumba.
I have known Chokwe Antar since he was a teenager and watched him grow into a brilliant man, loving husband and, as of yesterday, a proud father. He was the closest of advisors and collaborators with his father when they successfully got the Scott Sisters out of prison and was my guide when I covered the story for Essence magazine.

On the campaign trail and during his father’s tenure, Antar walked in step with his father, helping to build out a strategy and vision for the people of Jackson, while ensuring the law practice thrived. When he ascends to the office of mayor, he will do so not only standing on the shoulders of his father and his mother, Nubia, but standing beside the dedicated and wise counsel his father pulled together to ensure a Jackson Rising.

The election is on April 8, and without the funds needed to support Antar’s campaign today, we risk the gains made in the city – not just the infrastructure building and the spirit of cooperation but the work done in City Council, including getting the first ever anti-racial profiling ordinance passed, and all the work that is poised to happen: the economic undergirding of the most vulnerable and the fair application of the law that will ensure a truly safer city.

Asha Bandele
Asha Bandele
Join me in supporting Chokwe Antar for mayor of Jackson! Join me in supporting the people of Jackson, who for too long have suffered and deserve leadership that is ethical, just and guided by an unbreakable bond and abiding love.

Please make your donation here today. Help Chokwe Antar lead Jackson into becoming a model city, a mighty demonstration for what the rest of our cities might be if they were governed with an eye on justice, not on simply four more years.

Thank you all so much for making your donation today! Thank you for sharing this with your networks today to encourage their support! And most of all, thank you for believing that a just, compassionate and healthy Jackson – a model for the nation – will rise!

Asha Bandele, editor-at-large at Essence magazine, poet and author of “The Prisoner’s Wife” and “Something Like Beautiful,” political activist and community organizer, can be reached via Twitter at @ashabandele and on Facebook. Tweet #LumumbaLegacy.

 

20 thoughts on “Support Chokwe Antar Lumumba for mayor of Jackson, Miss.

  1. erin bragh

    Jackson is America's next Detroit. Quite a goal and accomplishment for any city. Chokwe Lumumba represented everything that's wrong with this city and nation.

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    1. Ann_Garrison

      I talked to Chokwe Senior about this a number of times and in our last conversation he told me that Detroit was an example of what not to do, and that if anybody tried to say that was happening in Jackson, not to believe them. I think I've seen Chokwe Antar in action and talked to him enough to know that he entered the race to make sure that remains true.

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    2. Unati Speirs

      I moved to Jackson Mississippi in 1999 and was welcomed by Atty. Lumumba and his family. They showed me and taught me what is the true meaning of being a human in the modern society. As I lead and work in the UN task force and in many countries to solve global problems it was the teaching of this great man that enabled me to lead and continues to inspire me. May his righteous soul rest in peace. Atty. Lumumba for Mayor on the 8 April 2014.

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    3. La Cubana

      Chokwe was an Afrikan who could care less about what you think Deal with it racist Its your kind who keep shit in an uproar and prevent progress..You should put your hood back on and LEAVE!

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  2. Joseph Kingsley

    Lumumba possessed zero leadership qualities. If you were on his side you were considered valuable and acceptable. If you were part of the honorable opposition you might as well have stayed home. He oppressed dissenters and was deaf to anyone who didn't look just like him. And a racist to boot. Jackson could/should do better that this man.

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    1. Ann_Garrison

      I am usually opposed to censorship on the SF Bay View, but this is the kind of comment that makes me think I might be wrong. It does demonstrate how many racist creeps show up to express themselves on the Bay View but I'm not sure it's worth ti.

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  3. Mark Thiel

    I can't let this go with just these hateful comments about the legacy of a man I admired nearly as much as Malcolm. It is unfortunate he was cut down just as he was primed to lead Jackson out of the dire shape I saw it in these recent years. PS, I am from Indiana but love Mississippi with the exception of those in its population that remain mired in 19th century hatreds and hypocrisies. And I am of the Northern European persuasion.

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  4. North Jackson 39206

    What bothers me is, Mrs. Bandele is not even from Jackson, I would be suprised to see if she has even been to Jackson let alone the entire south. If she was really caring about the cities future she would not back a vote of nepotism in Lumumba jr.; but back a real canidate who is seeking to improve the city (i.e. Melvin Priester jr.) and not just jump on his daddy’s legacy (which to be honest, being from jahckson is not much except raising taxes and the city water bills).

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  5. yannie45

    Mississippi was the second largest slave holding state, during the time of the civil war, it was one of the most notorious states for slavery, very brutal, our people suffered so horribly. Is there any wonder we see all this hate coming from racist whites who are still angry they lost the war. And many blacks are still under the same slave mentality, and spew hate toward our deceased brother like the racist whites, because they are cowards. Let us get out and work his campaign just like his dad, it was a pleasure to work his campaign. Who do we want? Antar Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.

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  6. Unati Speirs

    There are many of us around the world who received so much from this great man, who joins my national father Nelson Mandela in rest. I moved to Jackson Mississippi in 1999 and was welcomed by Atty. Lumumba and his family. They showed me and taught me what is the true meaning of being a human in the modern society. As I lead and work in the UN task force and in many countries to solve global problems it was the teaching of this great man that enabled me to lead and continues to inspire me. May his righteous soul rest in peace. Atty. A.Lumumba for Mayor on the 8 April 2014.

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  7. NEW AFRIKAN

    Baba Chokwe Rise in Power…bless up!!!! Antar Lumumba for Mayor of Jackson, Ms. Game over, let's go… One City. One Aim. One Destiny. FREE THE LAND. April 8th… VOTE…. May 2-4th Jackson Rising…. let's stay focused….

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