Jackson, Miss. The city of Jackson is mourning deceased Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (SHOW-kway Lu-MOOM-bah).
About 150 people gathered Friday outside Jackson's antebellum city hall.
Many are saluting Lumumba by remembering his work as a black nationalist who won the respect of wary white voters after his 2013 election. Ben Jealous, former president of the NAACP, is one of many echoing Lumumba's slogan of "free the land," saying Lumumba's work as a lawyer brought freedom to many who deserved it.
The service featured a mix of religious traditions, and combined elected officials with black nationalists.
The 66-year-old mayor died Feb. 25 and will be buried Saturday following a funeral service at the Jackson Convention Complex.
An election has been called for April 8 to choose a new mayor.