Jackson branch of the NAACP issues statement on loss of mayor

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the NAACP

Jackson lost a hero on Tuesday.  The Jackson Branch NAACP is shocked and saddened by the news of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's untimely death.  "Mayor Lumumba was a visionary who unfortunately, will not be here to see the results of his hard work in the city of Jackson", said Wayne McDaniel, President, Jackson Branch NAACP.

The Jackson Branch has stood beside Mayor Lumumba for a long time, long before his political career began.  We stood beside him in 2002, when he faced disbarment for zealously representing a client; in 2005 when he advocated for the right to return for survivors of Hurricane Katrina to their homes; then again in 2006, when he fought then-Mayor Frank Melton's wild anti-crime tactics that resulted in the harassment of black youth in underserved neighborhoods.  Finally, we proudly stood with Chokwe when Gladys and Jamie Scott celebrated their first day of freedom after being cleared of double life sentences for a false burglary charge.

In addition to his courageous activism work over the years, Chokwe Lumumba was also an excellent father and mentor to hundreds of youth in Jackson.  From his basketball league to teach-ins at Tougaloo College, he has touched the lives of thousands with his immense sense of history and the struggle for liberation for African Americans.

His journey has been long and burdensome. There have been some victories and some disappointments.  But now our mayor, the People's mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, can now rest.  The Jackson Branch NAACP will honor his legacy by continuing the fight for justice and human rights.