Could we see the elevation of a black power militant to the level of mayor of a major US city? Chokwe Lumumba is currently the Jackson, MS city council member for ward 2. He won his city council in 2009 with 61% of the vote. His victory was huge news in all the black power publications and websites. He just announced that he will be running for mayor of Jackson, Mississippi in 2013.
Chokwe Lumumba is the chairman of New African Peoples Organization. This is a Marcus Garvey style group and seeks to create an independent black nation in the deep south. He is co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. This groups was a co-sponsor of the recent “Occupy the Justice Department” rally in DC. At least two of the speakers called for violence and murder. The phone number for the Jackson, MS chapter of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is the same phone number for the Lumumba city council campaign. Lumumba has referred to himself as a “citizen of the Republic of New Africa.” He was a member of something called the “Black Legionnaires of RNA” in the 70s.
In 2010 Chokwe Lumumba was a speaking at a conference for the New Black Panther Party in Atlanta.
Lumumba is also a major “reparations” activist. “We’re seeking reparations for abuse. We’re seeking reparations for abuse as a nation of people. Our statute of limitations has not run out. The statute of liberation is running right now at this very moment today.” – Chokwe Lumumba
Chokwe Lumumba at a meeting of black power radicals in the Jackson area.