Chokwe Antar Lumumba

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Chokwe Lumumba
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Mayor of Jackson
Assumed office
July 3, 2017
Preceded byTony Yarber
Personal details
Chokwe Antar Lumumba

(1983-03-29) March 29, 1983 (age 36)
Political partyDemocratic
RelativesChokwe Lumumba (father)
EducationTuskegee University (BA)
Texas Southern University (JD)

Chokwe Antar Lumumba (born March 29, 1983) is an American attorney, activist, politician and the current Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.[1] While running for mayor, Lumumba soundly[2] won the Democratic nomination, defeating incumbent mayor Tony Yarber and John Horhn, a state senator.[3] As Jackson is a heavily Democratic leaning city, Lumumba's primary victory was likely to make him the next mayor of Jackson.[4] Lumumba was endorsed by Our Revolution[5] and the Working Families Party,[6] and ran on a progressive platform promising to make Jackson "the most radical city on the planet." He is the son of the late Chokwe Lumumba, who served as Jackson's mayor briefly before his death in 2014.[7] Lumumba is married to wife Ebony, and they have two children.[8]

Lumumba received his bachelor's degree in political science and government from Tuskegee University and his law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.[9][better source needed]

Lumumba was a featured speaker at the 2017 People's Summit.[10]


  1. ^ Williams, Angela (July 3, 2017). "Chokwe Antar Lumumba sworn in as Jackson mayor". WAPT. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  2. ^ "Some Mayors Defeated in Mississippi Municipal Primaries". US News and World Report. The Associated Press. 2017-05-03. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  3. ^ Nichols, John (2017-05-03). "Jackson, Mississippi, Just Nominated Radical Activist Chokwe Antar Lumumba to Be the Next Mayor". The Nation. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  4. ^ Helm, Angela Bronner (2017-05-03). "Young Pro-Black Progressive Likely To Become Next Mayor Of Jackson, Mississippi". News One. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  5. ^ Doctorow, Cory (October 4, 2017). "Sanders-backed politicians are winning battle after battle in southern local elections". Boing Boing. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Kelly, William III (April 27, 2017). "Working Families Party Endorses Lumumba for Mayor, Calling Him 'Inspiring'". Jackson Free Press. Retrieved 2017-11-17.
  7. ^ Marans, Daniel (2017-05-03). "Progressive Attorney Unseats Business-Friendly Mississippi Mayor". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  8. ^ Vicory, Justin (2018-03-21). "Is it a boy or girl? Jackson mayor's family grows by one Wednesday". The Clarion Ledger. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
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  10. ^ Weigel, David. "Other lessons from the People's Summit". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 14, 2017.