Chokwe Lumumba



Chokwe Lumumba Biography

Chokwe Lumumba, Esq. was born August 2, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. He is the second of eight children born to Lucien and Priscilla Taliaferro. Councilman Lumumba earned his Bachelor’s degree to Political Science from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Lumumba later finished 1st in his Law School freshman class before graduating cum laude from Wayne State University Law School.

Since 1968 Councilman Lumumba has crisscrossed the globe fighting for “Human Rights for Human Beings”. Lumumba is known for his work in support of the survivors of Katrina, by serving on the Board of the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund, by organizing other activist to form the Mississippi Disaster Relief Coalition, and by co-organizing the Gulf Coast Survivors Assembly. Councilman Lumumba’s work as a community activist has spanned over four decades. He has worked with organizations such as Jackson Human Rights Coalition to help pressure the State to retry the person who murdered Medgar Evers. He has worked for over 20 years organizing, directing, coaching, and mentoring youth through programs such as the Jackson Panthers Basketball Organization. Lumumba is also a co-founder and member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. He is a member of Word and Worship Christian Church.

Councilman Lumumba is a nationally renowned attorney, who is licensed in both Mississippi and Michigan. He was represented clients in over 16 jurisdictions, including Canada and the Choctaw Court.  Lumumba has won settlements and/or judgments for victims of medical malpractice, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and police misconduct. He has worked in high profile cases such as the representation of the late Tupac Shakur. He helped win the release of the Scott Sisters in 2011 who had served 16 years of double life prison sentences for an $11.00 (eleven-dollar) robbery which they did not commit. He successfully represented Lance Parker who was falsely accused of assault during the 1992 LA uprising which followed the brutal beating of Rodney King.

Councilman Lumumba has also been a devoted husband and father. He is now widowed by his late wife Nubia A. Lumumba. He has three children - Kambon Mutope, Rukia Kai and Chokwe Antar Lumumba.


Encourage with Leadership

Encourage city decision makers to operate on a model of collective leadership which involves constructive debate and resolution of issues. The motto should be: unity, criticism, and unity. First decide what individuals agree on with respect to an issue, offer views which differ constructively and then attempt to achieve a consensus. If consensus is not reached, a decision should be made by vote or appropriate Mayoral decisions. Leadership must be loyal to the people, come from the people, serve the people, listen to the people, organize the people, and love the people. We must:

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