Black People : Mississipi Activist Chokwe Lumumba

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  1. Ankhur

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    Name: Chokwe Lumumba

    About the Honoree:

    Chokwe Lumumba was born August 2, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. The second child of Priscilla and Lucien Taliaferro, Lumumba was taught about racism and social justice by his activist parents. An excellent student and athlete, he graduated from high school with honors and went on to obtain his undergraduate degree in political science from Kalamazoo College. Lumumba initially entered law school at Wayne State University in the fall of 1969, but cut his tenure there short to work full time on the front line as a political activist for the Republic of New Afrika (RNA) in Mississippi and Detroit. He returned to law school in 1973, and finished first in his freshman law class, receiving the Hornbook Award in 1975 in recognition of that accomplishment. While in law school, Lumumba served as an officer of the Black Legal Alliance (a Black law student organization) and continued to struggle persistently for the rights of New Afrikan (Black) students, partaking in various demonstrations against racism at the institution. Lumumba received the American Jurisprudence Contract Award for ranking first in his contracts class in 1975 and graduated with honors from Wayne State University Law School that same year. Indeed, after receiving his law degree, Lumumba served as co-counsel and plaintiff in a successful anti-racism lawsuit against Wayne State Law School in 1979.

    Attorney Lumumba has had a long and distinguished career as an accomplished defense attorney and a powerful political activist. In July of 1969, he became a conscious citizen of the New Afrikan nation in North America, and a legionnaire in the Black Legion of the RNA. He later served as acting President and Vice President for the Provisional Government, RNA. Since relocating to Mississippi in 1988, he has continued his stellar legal career as a legal advocate for the poor and powerless in the courtroom and established himself as an uncompromising and formidable force for social justice in the streets. Some highlights of his legal and activist career are presented in the subsequent text.

    Attorney Lumumba has been instrumental in the formation and maintenance of a number of organizations dedicated to the liberation of New Afrikan people. In 1978-79, he was a co-founder of the National Black Human Rights Coalition and the Detroit Black Human Rights Coalition. He actively participated in the effort to build a National Human Rights Campaign. On November 5, 1979, Lumumba and two other national leaders presented a statement charging the U.S. with human rights violations to the president of the U.N. General Assembly, Salim Ahmed Salim. This presentation was part of a demonstration by 5, 000 New Afrikan (Black people) at the UN on Black Solidarity Day.

    Attorney Lumumba is the National Chairman and a co-founder of the New Afrikan People's Organization (NAPO), and has served as NAPO's chairperson since its inception in 1984. His leadership has helped NAPO to establish an office and organizational presence in Jackson, Mississippi. As a member of NAPO, Lumumba has led and/or participated in the organization's community youth programs, anti-crime patrols, political education forums, legal service clinics, and various other community service activities. He has also been involved in political action campaigns against racist institutions, the U.S. bombing of Libya, and many other acts of economic exploitation, racism, and international lawlessness. He joined with others to stop the Ku Klux Klan March planned for Jackson in April of 1990, and has been in the leadership of campaigns in Jackson against police terror and other injustices.

    Attorney Lumumba is also a co-founder and member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and was an officer and co-founder of the defunct Jackson Human Rights Coalition. In 1993, he helped to organize and served as the Vice-Chair of the 1st Grassroots Convention in Jackson, Mississippi. Attorney Lumumba has not only pursued and protected human rights on the streets, but he has championed the same in the courts. He is a member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, and is the Senior Attorney of Lumumba, Freelon and Associates in Jackson, Mississippi and of counsel to Jeffery Edison and Gerald Evelyn in Detroit, Michigan.

    In 1977, Attorney Lumumba served briefly as attorney for Black Liberation Army Soldier, Assata Shakur, in a murder case that was dismissed in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally, Attorney Lumumba has defended a number of stalwarts in the struggle, such as Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Fulani Sunni Ali and Bilal Sunni Ali. All three were charged in the 1981 Brink's case, also known as the “Free the Land” case. Each of these New Afrikan freedom fighters was charged with participation in the 1981 Brinks incident in New York. All charges were dismissed against Fulani and Bilal was found not guilty of all charges against him. Dr. Shakur was also charged with the liberation of Assata Shakur from Clinton Prison in 1979. He was unjustly convicted of all charges in 1988 and is now a prisoner of war at Atlanta Federal Prison in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Attorney Lumumba was also a part of the legal team that successfully defended sixteen New Afrikan (Black) prisoners who faced possible death penalties in the case of the Pontiac Brothers in Illinois in 1981. In that case, sixteen New Afrikan prisoners were charged with the deaths of three white guards who died during a prison rebellion against inhuman prison conditions in the Pontiac Prison. Ten of the Pontiac Brothers were found not guilty. The cases against the others were dismissed.

    Attorney Lumumba and National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) Attorney La'Chelle M. Woodert successfully represented Lance Parker, the defendant in one of the criminal cases following the Los Angeles rebellion in 1993. Lumumba also served as counsel and national legal coordinator for the late Tupac Shakur. He was successful, along with Atlanta Attorneys, Ken Ellis and Tony Axam, in winning dismissals of assault charges arising from allegations that Shakur shot at police officers in Atlanta.

    In the early and mid 90's Lumumba won a string of major victories in Mississippi Courts. Lumumba and Attorneys Brunetta Brandy of Detroit and Everett Sanders of Natchez, Mississippi won a settlement against the City of Jackson for the family of Johnny Griffin of Jackson, Mississippi after he was gunned down in front of his children and in front of his home by a White Segregationist Soldier Cop (policeman) named Steve Wilson. He also won an acquittal for DeWayne Boyd, a New Afrikan (Black) land development activist who was framed on arson charges after discovering and reporting dishonest schemes by white farmers to control and profit from DeWayne's family's land in Starkville, Mississippi. He and Oxford, Mississippi Attorney Gail Thompson defeated attempts by the State of Mississippi to put John Buford Irving to death for the alleged murder of a white store owner in 1976, by winning Irving's 1995 death penalty trial. He also won a not guilty verdict for a 13-year-old New Afrikan youth, Elliot Culp, in 1996. Culp was charged with robbing and killing a 64-year-old white woman. He was the youngest person ever tried on capital murder charges in Mississippi. Subsequently, the District


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    You from there too?

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