Jackson, Miss. City officials say first-term Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died Tuesday at the age of 66.
City Councilman Melvin Priester says Lumumba died at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson. WLBT reported that the mayor had experienced chest pains.
Lumumba had served one term on the Jackson City Council before becoming mayor last July. He was one of two candidates who defeated then-Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr., in the Democratic primary. Lumumba then defeated businessman Jonathan Lee in the general election.
Lumumba was born in Detroit as Edwin Taliaferro, and changed his name in 1969, when he was in his early 20s. He said he took his new first name from an African tribe that resisted slavery centuries ago and his last name from African independence leader Patrice Lumumba. He moved to Jackson in 1971 as a human rights activist.
According to Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Jackson's City Council has to set a special election at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
WTOK's statewide partner, WLBT-TV, is following the story in the capital city. Click the link for more about Chokwe Lumumba.
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