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Celebration of Life held for Mayor Chokwe Lumumba

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There were tears, prayers, songs, African culture and laughter at Saturday's Celebration of Life for late Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba.

Those remembering  the mayor said he was sometimes a provocative leader, but lived what he called the theme of his administration, one city, one aim, one destiny.

We learned many things about late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba who had seven siblings.

At the age of 12 he saved his youngest brother whose clothing caught fire. His oldest son was shot in the head in a drive by shooting, he survived, but is disabled.

His son, Chokwe Antar, eulogized his father saying his parents met in 1976 when his late mother was a flight attendant. He said they met in the sky at 30,000 feet and never stopped soaring.

From the time the late mayor's body was brought into the Jackson Convention Center Saturday morning, there were tributes from friends, colleagues and admirers from around the country. But none were more touching than the words of his family.

"He was love and inspiration. He had a special gift for embracing you and imparting wisdom at the very same time", his son Chokwe Antar Lumumba said.

"He was a man that loved deeper than we could ever understand the meaning of love and dedicated his life to that love, for his people", said Rukia Lumumba about her father.

"I would never have had a 10th birthday if it had not been for Chokwe", added his brother Gregory Taliaferro.

The late mayor was remembered as an attorney and as a family man. Two of the people in attendance to say goodbye, were Jamie and Gladys Scott.

Mayor Lumumba led an international movement to free the Scott Sisters from prison in 2010, after they had served 16 years of consecutive life sentences for a robbery of 11 dollars.

"It was a hard blow because Gladys and I just buried my mother, you know my mother was a fighter for us. She died August 13th, then for her to die and now Chokwe gone, it's just a hard blow", Jamie Scott told us.

"I can't pick up the phone and say how you doing Mr. Chokwe. He's not there no more so it's very hard", said Gladys Scott.

The Celebration of Life service was expected to last about three and a half hours, it lasted closer to five. But many of the people here said they came to remember Chokwe Lumumba as a man of integrity, a man of human dignity and as a warrior for the little guy.

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