A Reflection on Mayor Chokwe Lumumba

Earth Day Network joins the city of Jackson, Mississippi in mourning the death of its mayor, Chokwe Lumumba, who passed away on Tuesday at St. Dominic Hospital at the age of 66. Formerly, Mr. Lumumba was a prominent lawyer and human rights activist. He was sworn in as mayor last July and had a strong vision for the city of Jackson, one that stressed the importance of sustainability.

He spearheaded the “One City, One Aim, One Destiny” program to improve public infrastructure and promote the local economy. A sustainability plan was a central component of that program. The city of Jackson hopes to become the most sustainable city in the southeast, and Mr. Lumumba’s leadership has helped Jackson take the first steps towards achieving that goal. The world needs more leaders with environmental values like Chokwe Lumumba who worked to help the people of Jackson while protecting the environment. Mr. Lumumba was a shining example of someone who understood the importance of the sustainability and the benefits it can have on the society, the economy and the planet.

Chokwe Lumumba will be dearly missed by his city, family, friends and admirers across the state and country. Earth Day Network is deeply saddened by the loss of such a caring and active leader.