JACKSON – (AP) A Mississippi attorney and one-time civil rights activist who was involved in a black nationalist group decades ago has been elected mayor of Jackson, the state capital.
He will succeed Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., who finished third in this year’s Democratic primary.
Lumumba ran as a mainstream candidate who would represent all city voters. He defeated businessman Jonathan Lee in the Democratic primary runoff last month.
He wrote on Facebook Tuesday night, “Thank you, Jackson. None of this would be possible without faith and your support.”
He went on to say, “This is the people’s victory. Together we will make Jackson rise!”