Chokwe Antar Lumumba

With a fervent zeal to fulfill the mission of activism and service set before him from the earliest age by his parents, the late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and Nubia Lumumba, Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba has maintained a consistent presence in community projects and displayed a genuine commitment to justice all of his life. He began his community work early—serving as co-director of the Malcolm X Grassroots Day Camp and acting as an Assistant Coach for the Jackson Panthers Basketball Organization. Attorney Lumumba received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tuskegee University and his Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Sports & Entertainment Law from Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. Determined to dedicate his acquired knowledge and scholastic talents to the community that nurtured his development, Chokwe Antar returned to Jackson, Mississippi and began his work as a Junior Associate at Lumumba, Freelon, & Associates. His dedication to justice and commitment to community is further demonstrated by the numerous pro bono cases he undertakes for clientele who struggle to afford legal services yet deserve justice and adequate representation all the same. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association as well as the Magnolia Bar Association and currently serves as Managing Partner. Over the past several months, he has successfully rebranded the firm as Lumumba & Associates—a firm “Dedicated to Community. Invested in Justice.”

Chokwe Antar’s deep-seated commitment to his community expands beyond his career. He held the position of Media Chairperson for the Jackson Ward 2 People’s Assembly and is an active member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. His talent for organizing served as a vital component to previous city elections as he served as Media Chairperson and Campaign Coordinator for his father’s successful bids for Ward 2 City Councilman and Mayor, respectively. He played a key role in the crafting of The People’s Platform as co-author to the inspired document. Attorney Lumumba also extended his legal services to protect the election of the first black sheriff in Hinds County. At the request of the late Mayor, Chokwe Antar also served on a board organized to respond to the development challenges of the Farish Street Development project. He is a faithful member of Free Christian Church Ministries and serves on the church’s leadership team. Chokwe Antar’s lifelong objective is to continue to struggle on behalf of oppressed peoples worldwide, so that they may eventually obtain the self-determined lives they so justly deserve. He firmly supports the concepts of community and family and the belief of the community as a family and he pledges to do all that he can to make that concept live. Chokwe Antar is married to Ebony Lumumba and had their first child, Alake’ Maryama, in late March 2014. Chokwe Antar Lumumba is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.

Presentations from Facing Race 2014

Roots and Wings: Southern Histories, Legacies and Innovations for the Future

When some outside the region think of the US South, often the imagination leads to images of slavery, struggle and protest that starts in the 1800s and stops in the 1960s. For the many of us- people of color, immigrants communities, LGBTQ people - who populate and call this region home, we experience and understand “the South” as not only the place where race, power, and revolution is best understood but also where history and legacies give way to 21st century innovation for our movements. Our dynamic plenary speakers, spanning the Southern region, will offer their insight on some of the challenges and opportunities facing the region and our movements to achieve racial justice and equity. From the continuing legacy of youth organizing and direct action in Florida; the role of faith in building inclusive communities and organizing for social change in NC; the realities of shifting demographics and the opportunities for worker organizing in Texas; and implementing community centered methods to build real economic, political and community power in Jackson this plenary will highlight how the South continues to build on its history and towards freedom.

Speakers: Bishop Tonyia Rawls, Cristina Tzintzún, Chokwe Antar Lumumba