JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — “I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. I have known Mayor Lumumba since 1974. One of the reasons I was so public about my support for the mayor, was that I believed once people got to know the real Chokwe Lumumba they would find him to be an extremely bright, caring and humble individual. His election as mayor and very short term in office demonstrated exactly that. This evening the city of Jackson truly suffered a great loss. I would like to extend my condolences to the Lumumba family and the city of Jackson.” — U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, Democrat, 2nd District.
“We are saddened to learn of the death of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. He had a vision for our city that should not be lost with his passing.” — Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican.
“My colleagues and I were saddened to learn of the sudden death of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. The mayor and his administration had embarked on a strong and courageous plan of progressive action for the city of Jackson. Mayor Lumumba’s quiet yet forceful leadership will be missed. Our thoughts, prayers, and sincere condolences go out to Mayor Lumumba’s family, friends, and the citizens of our capital city.” — State Rep. Bobby Moak of Bogue Chitto, House Democratic Caucus Leader.
“Mayor Lumumba was a man of true conviction and a powerful change agent for the city of Jackson and the state of Mississippi. I was moved by his compassion and impressed by what he was able to accomplish in his short time as Jackson’s mayor. Please join me in praying for Mayor Lumumba’s friends, family, and the great city of Jackson.” — Brandon Jones, executive director, Mississippi Democratic Trust.
“While only in office a short time, Chokwe Lumumba will be remembered as a great mayor of the city of Jackson. Our prayers are with his family, and our neighbors, as we mourn the loss of this remarkable man.” — Robert Shuler Smith, district attorney of Hinds County.