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National and local dignitaries pay tribute to late mayor

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Many national dignitaries attended the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's funeral Saturday.

Congressional leaders to state and local elected officials shared their thoughts on the life of the 66-year-old city leader.

Many spoke of knowing Mayor Lumumba for decades and his efforts to secure the rights of the downtrodden and his fight for equality.

"He is with us. His spirit lives. His actions as he walked on this planet will go far beyond anything that we can imagine here this day," said Civil Rights activist Myrlie Evers.

"This time last year I had great concerns about his becoming the mayor of Jackson. Based on the stereotype that this old white man had formed of him, I was afraid that he would divide our city. I could not have been more wrong," said Former Mississippi Governor William Winter.

A representative for Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam also shared a message from the minister who was unable to attend because of a death in his family.

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