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Chokwe Lumumba, Mayor Of Jackson, Miss., Dies At 66

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Our beloved Mayor Chokwe Lumumba passed away Tuesday night at the age of 66.

According to reports, Lumumba died at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Details of his death are not clear but acting mayor, City Council president, Charles Tillman, said he met with Lumumba Monday and he was suffering from a cold.

Lumumba was born in Detroit as Edwin Taliaferro and changed his name in 1969, which was shortly before he moved to Jackson in 1971. He was elected to the Jackson City Council in 2009 and was sworn in as mayor on July 1, 2013.

The City of Jackson is deeply saddened by his death and he will surely be missed. Our prayers go out to his family.

Source: NY Times | Image Credit: Trip Burns/Jackson Free Press

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