Mayor Lumumba vows to continue charity work of his late wife, Nubia

Editor’s Note: This is part 2 of a 4-part interview with Jackson’s new mayor, Chokwe Lumumba. It focuses on his passion for community organizing and commitment to continue the charitable work of his late wife, Nubia, who died in 2003. For over three decades, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba was addressed as civil rights attorney Chokwe Lumumba.

Four years ago the title of councilman was added, but the former still took precedence in introductions. When asked how he felt about taking down his shingle, he said, “I will miss the law, but it’s time.”

Mayor Lumumba says he’s blessed to have aided so many people who have needed legal representation, as well as garner respect among his colleagues. “But at a certain point, the love takes its toll, physically and mentally. However, I am excited to see my son take up the torch,” he said.

Mayor Lumumba says Chokwe, Jr., “reminds me of myself when I was his age;” all enthusiastic about the opportunity to battle injustice

The champion of civil rights says he will always teach younger lawyers and be available to consult with his son on his cases. “And, who knows, I may go back to practicing law,” he said.

Running the city of Jackson, Mayor Lumumba won’t be the all that occupies the mayor’s day. He plans to increase community organizing and volunteerism of citizens of all ages. His personal charity, Community Aid and Development Corporation, will continue to identify and fund youth initiatives, particularly youth sports programs.

For a number of years, Mayor Lumumba organized, coached and financed the Jackson Panthers basketball team, which won numerous state, regional and national championships. Visitors to his office will surely be impressed with the number of Jackson Panthers trophies gracing the shelves of the new display cabinets built especially to showcase Jackson youth.

Mayor Lumumba’s inspiration for increasing his philanthropic ventures is largely contributed to his late wife. “After Nubia transitioned, letters starting come in from all the charities she had given to. I never knew she was giving to so many causes. My mother was like that,” he said with such tenderness in his voice that his motivation should ensure he provides opportunity to those in need.

Next week’s interview takes a close look at what Mayor Lumumba has in store for Jackson’s youth.