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Reaction to Mayor Lumumba's death

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson:

"I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. I have known Mayor Lumumba since 1974. One of the reasons I was so public about my support for the Mayor, was that I believed once people got to know the real Chokwe Lumumba they would find him to be an extremely bright, caring, and humble individual. His election as Mayor and very short term in office demonstrated exactly that.

This evening the City of Jackson truly suffered a great loss. I would like to extend my condolences to the Lumumba family and the City of Jackson," said Congressman Thompson.


Jacqueline Amos, Chair of the Hinds County Democratic Party:

"Words cannot do justice to the emotions we all feel right now. Our Great Captain has fallen. Our hearts are broken. We cannot help but ask 'Why?' The legacy of Chokwe Lumumba must not be buried with the man. He believed in the people of Jackson. In his honor, we must carry on. Farewell, noble man. We shall press on with our duty, as you taught us."

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann:  

"We are saddened to learn of the death of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.  He had a vision for our city that should not be lost with his passing."


Rickey Cole, Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party:

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of the promising new Mayor of our Capital City, the Honorable Chokwe Lumumba. His young administration has been a great beacon of hope for so many of us. He was just beginning to make an effective start tackling the long-neglected challenges faced by our Capital City. I ask all Mississippians to reflect upon the magnitude of this tragic loss.

Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the Mayor's family, friends, and the countless people who believed in him. We call upon everyone to stay strong and keep the flames of hope and promise burning high as we work through this tragedy together.

Chokwe Lumumba was a man among men. He was a true Servant Leader in the finest sense of the phrase. He was a man by the people, of the people and for the people. Let us move forward with a resolve worthy of the memory of this Champion of the People."


Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis:

Jackson has lost a giant in public service today.

On behalf of the men and women of the Hinds County Sheriff's Office I want to express my sincere condolences to the family of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.

Lumumba was a man among many. He was a giant in the arenas of community service, legal representation and youth development.

I am personally saddened by this unexpected tragedy, as Lumumba was very instrumental in my being elected as Sheriff of Hinds County. Lumumba, unlike other public and elected officials was not afraid to campaign with me while he was a sitting elected official. I'm grateful for the many lessons he shared with me along the way.

The Hinds County Sheriff's Office stands ready to assist the Lumumba family and the city of Jackson during this time of bereavement and transition.  

In His Service,

Tyrone Lewis
Sheriff


U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson:

"I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. I have known Mayor Lumumba since 1974. One of the reasons I was so public about my support for the Mayor, was that I believed once people got to know the real Chokwe Lumumba they would find him to be an extremely bright, caring, and humble individual. His election as Mayor and very short term in office demonstrated exactly that.

This evening the City of Jackson truly suffered a great loss. I would like to extend my condolences to the Lumumba family and the City of Jackson," said Congressman Thompson.


Representative Bobby Moak-D:

All of my colleagues and I were saddened to learn of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's unexpected death. His administration had just begun a strong and courageous plan of progressive action for the city of  Jackson. His quiet yet forceful  leadership will be missed. Our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences go to his family, friends and the citizens of our capital city.  Bobby Moak. MS House Democratic Leader

Brandon Jones, Mississippi Democratic Trust:

Friends,

Tonight, we've lost a great friend.  Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, the Mayor of Jackson, has died of heart failure.

Mayor Lumumba was a man of true conviction and a powerful change agent for the City of Jackson and the State of Mississippi.  I was moved by his compassion and impressed by what he was able to accomplish in his short time as Jackson's mayor.

Please join me in praying for Mayor Lumumba's friends, family, and the great City of Jackson.

--Brandon

Kenneth Jones (D-Canton), Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus Chairman:

Senator Kenneth Wayne Jones, along with caucus members join the family and many residents of our Capital City in mourning the loss of Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.

Mayor Lumumba will be missed by his family, the residents of Jackson and the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus. The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus sends our sincerest condolences.  

Sincerely
Chairman Kenneth Wayne Jones

Senator John Horhn:

As a person who worked closely with Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba in recent years, I express the sympathy of many colleagues at his unexpected and untimely passing.

Having known him for more than 30 years, I know that Mayor Lumumba will be missed by all for his passion of securing justice for the underserved and neglected, for his ability to push forward in securing the equal services for all people and for his undying commitment to battle against the odds if it meant just one person could gain the dignity of acceptance as a human being despite their socio-economic conditions and their life's circumstances.

I worked with Mayor Lumumba on the one-cent sales tax for repairing the city's crumbling infrastructure and was always impressed by his vision, his desire to see that resources were spread equally and his desire to make Jackson the best it could ever be.

His passion was unparalleled in his service to this city and state and to its people.

Mayor Lumumba this session came to the legislature and spoke plainly to lawmakers about his vision for the city and how he wanted to enlist everyone – black, white, democrat, republican and anyone in between to make Jackson the world class city that we know it can be.

Let us pause a moment and reflect on this great soldier of the people who lived his life ensuring that justice for all was a reality.

Sincerely,
District 26 Senator John Horhn

 

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