AfrobeatRadio: Chokwe Lumumba on Mississippi's Black Power Potential
Submitted by Ann Garrison on Sun, 06/24/2012 - 17:37
AfrobeatRadio spoke with Jackson, Mississippi City Councilor and mayoral candidate Chokwe Lumumba, on
WBAI-N.Y.C., 99.5fm, streaming at wbai.org, on 06.23.2012.
The State of Mississippi is still deeply scarred by one of the most savage periods in U.S. history, the Slave South, during which whites owned African slaves, their children, and the product of their labor, primarily on labor intensive plantations growing rice, sugar, tobacco, and most of all, cotton. Demographically, Mississippi remains roughly 40% Black, and, the poorest state in the U.S., with the highest rates of poverty in Black communities.The Mississippi State flag still contains the flag of the Confederacy, 11 Southern slave states who fought to secede from the U.S. to prevent slavery's abolition, from 1861 to 1865. And, the racist roots of the slave South still divide.
However, human rights attorney Chokwe Lumumba, who has devoted his life to Black liberation struggles and is now running for mayor of Jackson, Mississippi's capital, sees beyond the scars, to the potential of Black voting majorities in Jackson, Hinds County, and neighboring Western Mississippi counties. They have already elected more Black officials in Mississippi than any state in the country. Lumumba, who now serves as Jackson's Ward 2 City Councilor, spoke to AfrobeatRadio on 06.23.2012.
Anyone who would like to contact and/or help with Chokwe Lumumba's campaign can call the number: 601-981-9220.