Jackson Mourns Mayor With Militant Past Who Won Over Skeptics – NYTimes.com

| March 9, 2014

Jackson Mourns Mayor With Militant Past Who Won Over Skeptics

By HERBERT BUCHSBAUM

From Militant to Mayor, and Now Mourned

Credit William Widmer for The New York Times

JACKSON, Miss. — Many people here still do not entirely know what to make of the mayor with the unusual name and even more unexpected résumé, who proudly embraced the term “militant” and to many was still the same dashiki-wearing firebrand who first came to prominence advocating an independent black nation in the South in the early 1970s.But when Jackson said goodbye to Mayor Chokwe Lumumba this weekend, blacks and whites, for a change, largely united in mourning an unlikely experiment that ended when he died last month, apparently of a heart attack, at age 66, after only eight months in office.

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