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Late mayor remembered in song, dance and prayer

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Since his death February 25, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has been remembered as a man who wanted unity and growth for Jackson.  

At his Celebration of Life Service at the Jackson Convention Center, hundreds of people came to remember  and honor the late leader.

The Celebration of Life for Mayor Chokwe Lumumba was filled with all kinds of music and dance.

From the Mississippi Mass Choir to Grammy award winning jazz musician and Jackson native Cassandra Wilson and Rhonda Richmond. And the late mayor's all time favorite song, My Girl.

His family including his oldest son, Kam who was shot in the head in a drive by shooting, joined friends, colleagues and those who admired and respected Mayor Lumumba in remembering his legacy.

"He fashioned himself to struggle without ceasing, not because of any hatred that he had, but because he was filled with love", his son Chokwe Antar Lumumba said.

"He knew that if he loved his people, he loved all people", said his daughter, Rukia Lumumba.

His brother Gregory said when the late mayor was 12-years-old he saved his life when his clothing caught fire.

"I would have never had a 10th birthday, if it hadn't been for Chokwe", Gregory Taliaferro explained.

The crowd was told how his mother worked for civil rights and his father was a boxer. There were also stories that brought laughter.   Among those here to remember the late mayor Gladys and Jamie Scott who credit Lumumba with helping them win their freedom from prison.

"He knew that in his heart that what they did was wrong and he was going to fight if it meant risking his life.   He was not going to stop until we were out of there", Gladys Scott told us.

"There would be people that were homeless would come knock on the door at his office and we would see him giving them money and he would tell them go get you something to eat", said Jamie Scott.

Prayers were offered for the city and the Lumumba family and a closing song by Lannie Spann McBride.

The mayor's body was taken from the Convention Center in a procession that stretched for miles, captured by Skycopter, to his final resting place at Autumn Woods Memorial Gardens.

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