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1st-term Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba dies at 66

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By JEFF AMY and EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- City officials say first-term Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has died. He was 66.
 
City Councilman Melvin Priester says Lumumba died Tuesday at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson.

Lumumba had served one term on the City Council before becoming mayor last July. He was one of two candidates who defeated then-Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. in the Democratic primary. Lumumba then defeated businessman Jonathan Lee in the general election.
 
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.
 
He moved to Jackson in 1971 as a human rights activist.

After learning of his passing, Gov. Phil Bryant issued 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."

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton also shared his condolences in the passing of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba:

"Our prayers are extended to the family of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, Mississippi. I was just with Mayor Lumumba in Washington and his death comes as a shock to so many of us who are blessed to serve in the position of mayor. Let's keep our neighbors in Jackson in our thoughts and prayers."

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