Mayor Lumumba remembered - - Jackson, MS

JSU remembers Mayor Lumumba

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Two tributes to the life of late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba were held Wednesday evening at Jackson State University and the mayor's home church.

Mayor Lumumba's children spoke at JSU, joining in the tributes to Jackson's fifty-first mayor.

From dramatic performances to video montages, tribute after tribute was paid to the late mayor at the McCoy Auditorium on the JSU campus.

The family attended the service which featured reflections from city leaders, staff and college administration on the mayor's life.

"He wasn't a politician. That's the secret. It was never about politics for him," said the mayor's son, Antar Lumumba. "It was about service. The word says that the greatest among you will be a servant, and that's who my father was."

"I am immensely grateful for he eight months that I knew him," JSU President Dr. Carolyn Meyer told those gathered.

Dr. Meyers presented the mayor's children, Antar and Rukia, with a resolution and bestowed upon the mayor eternal membership in the JSU National Alumni Association.

"He took every opportunity that he had to show you that he loved you and so it was our honor to share him with you because that's what he was all about. He was about service," added Antar Lumumba.

University officials said Lumumba was working closely with the school on their expansions to downtown Jackson and on building a new stadium.

"He just really reached out to the university," said JSU Vice President of Student Life Dr. Marcus Chanay. "He actually even spoke at our faculty staff seminar at he beginning of the year, welcoming our faculty and staff back for the fall semester. So it's definitely gonna be someone that we will miss terribly."

A Remembrance Service was also held Wednesday evening for Mayor Lumumba's home church Word and Worship in Jackson.

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