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Chokwe Lumumba is the National Chair and a co-founder of the New Afrikan People’s Organization (N.A.P.O.). He has served as NAPO’s chairperson since its inception in 1984 having been re-elected to the position in 2004. As national chair of the organization, Lumumba now resides in Jackson, Mississippi. Lumumba was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.
Lumumba’s leadership helped NAPO to establish an office and organizational presence in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1989. Lumumba has been in the leadership of campaigns in Jackson against police terror, and has joined with others to stop the Ku Klux Klan march planned for Jackson in April of 1990.
Lumumba is co-founder and a member of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and was an officer and co-founder of the Jackson Human Rights Coalition. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Grassroots Convention in Jackson, Mississippi in 1994.
As a member of NAPO, Lumumba has led and/or participated in the organization’s community youth programs, anti-crime patrols, political education forums, legal service clinics, and various other community service activities. He has also partaken in political action campaigns against racist institutions, the U.S. bombing of Libya, and many other acts of economic exploitation, racism, and international lawlessness.
In July of 1969, Chokwe Lumumba became a conscious citizen of the New Afrikan nation in North America, and a legionnaire in the Black Legion of the Republic of New Afrika. He served as acting President and Vice President of the Republic of New Afrika.
Brother Chokwe, in 1978-79, was a co-founder of both National Black Human Rights Coalition and the Detroit Black Human Rights Coalition. He actively participated in the effort to build a National Human Rights Campaign. On November 5, 1979, Muntu Mat Simile and Queen Mother Moore presented a statement charging the U.S. with human rights violations to the president of the U.N. General Assembly, Salim Ahmed Salim. This presentation was part of a demonstration by 5, 000 New Afrikan (Black people) at the U.N. on Black Solidarity Day.
In September of 2005, Chokwe Lumumba co-founded the Mississippi Disaster Relief Coalition (MS-DRC) in response to Hurricane Katrina and assisted in the distribution of tons of material aid to Katrina survivors. He serves as the coordinator of MS-DRC and as a member of the Interim Coordinating Committee of the Peoples Hurricane Relief Fund, Oversight Coalition. He also serves on the coordinating committee of the Black Activist Coalition on Katrina. He was the co-coordinator and co-organizer of the December 8–9, 2005 From Outrage to Action Conference in Jackson, which was attended by about 600 Katrina survivors and/or supporters, and of the December 10, 2005, Right to Return March on New Orleans which drew about 5,000 participants.
Brother Chokwe has not only pursued and protected human rights on the streets, but he has championed the same in the courts. Chokwe is an Attorney at Law. He graduated with honors from Wayne State University Law School in 1975 after finishing first in his freshman law class in 1973-74. Lumumba initially entered law school at Wayne State University in the fall of 1969 before leaving to work full time for the RNA in Mississippi and Detroit. While at Wayne State Law School, Chokwe was an officer of the Black Legal Alliance (a Black law student’s organization). He struggled persistently for the rights of New Afrikan (Black) students, partaking in various demonstrations against racism at the institution. In fact, as an Attorney, Lumumba served as co-counsel and a plaintiff in a successful anti-racism law suit against Wayne State Law School in the winter of 1979. Lumumba has also successfully defended Detroit Anti-Stress Activist Haywood Brown.
Brother Chokwe was one of the Attorneys who defended sixteen New Afrikan (Black) prisoners who faced possible death penalties in the case of the Pontiac Brothers in Illinois. In that case, sixteen New Afrikan prisoners were charged with deaths of three white guards who died during a prison rebellion against inhuman prison conditions in the Pontiac Prison in Illinois. Ten of the Pontiac Brothers were found not guilty. The cases against the others were dismissed.
In 1977, Chokwe Lumumba briefly served as Attorney for Black Liberation Army Solider, Assata Shakur, in a murder case which was dismissed in Brooklyn, New York. Brother Chokwe has also defended Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Fulani Sunni Ali and Bilal Sunni Ali. All three were charged in the 1981 Brink’s case (The Free the Land Case).
Each of these New Afrikan freedom fighters was charged with participation in the 1981 Brinks incident in New York. All charges were dismissed against Fulani and Bilal was found not guilty of all charges against him. Dr. Shakur was also charged with the liberation of Assata Shakur from Clinton Prison in 1979. He was unjustly convicted of all charges in 1988 and is now a prisoner of war at Atlanta Federal Prison in Atlanta, Georgia.
Chokwe Lumumba and National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL) Attorney, La’Chelle M. Woodert successfully represented Lance Parker, one of the Defendants in the Los Angeles rebellion cases following the rebellion in 1993. Lumumba has also served as counsel and national legal coordinator for Tupac Shakur. He was successful, along with Atlanta Attorneys. Ken Ellis and Tony Axam, in winning dismissals of assault charges arising from allegations that Shakur shot at police officers in Atlanta.
In the early and mid 1990’s, Lumumba won a string of major victories in Mississippi Courts. He won an acquittal for DeWayne Boyd, a New Afrikan (Black) land development activist who was framed on arson charges after discovering and reporting dishonest schemes by white farmers to control and profit from DeWayne’s family’s land in Starkville, Mississippi. He and Oxford, Mississippi, Attorney Gail Thompson defeated the attempts by the State of Mississippi to put John Buford Irving to death for the alleged murder of a white store owner in 1976, by winning Irving’s 1995 death penalty trial. He won a not guilty verdict for a 13 year old New Afrikan Youth, Elliot Culp, on May 10, 1996. Culp was charged with robbing and killing a 64 year old white woman. He was the youngest person ever tried on capital murder charges in Mississippi.
When a young New Afrikan man named George Little acting in self defense shot and killed a white store owner, who had an infamous history of attacking and shooting New Afrikans in Como, Mississippi, Lumumba, Attorney Gail Thompson, and Attorney Barry Howard, defended Little against murder charges. Little was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter. Later Lumumba represented Little on appeal and the manslaughter charges were reversed in 1995. Still later Lumumba represented Little on a retrial for manslaughter and Little was found not guilty. In 1998, Brother Chokwe, Attorneys Kenneth Page and Mildred Lesure won a not guilty verdict in the case of Christopher Marshall who was falsely charged with capital murder in the death of the sister-in-law of former Mississippi Governor, William Winters in Senatobia, Mississippi.
Lumumba has represented New Afrikan workers in numerous race and sex discrimination cases in Mississippi. He and Attorney Sharon Henderson prevailed in a law suit against the Frito Lay Company on behalf of two fired New Afrikan employees. Lumumba has also assisted in winning settlements in discrimination cases against the Jackson Housing Authority, the Specialty Foods Corporation, and the Anderson Tully Company. In 1999, Lumumba represented Local 149 of Bakers, Confectionary, and Tobacco Workers in a suit Against Frito-Lay Corp. before the National Labor Relations Board and helped win the case before the Administrative Law Judge. Lumumba was co-counsel with Roselyn Thomas of the NLRB.
Lumumba and Attorneys Brunetta Brandy of Detroit and Everett Sanders of Natchez, Mississippi won a settlement for the family of Johnny Griffin of Jackson, Mississippi after he was gunned down in front of his children and in front of his home by a White Segregationist Soldier Cop (policeman) named Steve Wilson.
Lumumba is a member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. He also practices law in Michigan as of Counsel to Jeffrey Edison. From April 1991 until October 10, 2005 he practiced in Jackson, Mississippi.
Other Mississippi cases handled by Chokwe Lumumba:
1. State vs. Dorothy Thomas: Black woman baby sitter found not guilty of white infant’s death in Holmes County. Baby died of shaken baby syndrome.
2. State vs. Curtis Flowers: Eleven whites and one black person jury convicted young black man of capital murder in the killing of four (4) persons in a furniture store - an alleged hold-up. This verdict was reversed on appeal.
3. State vs. Terrance Williams: Young black man found not guilty of armed robbery in Lincoln County.
4. State vs. Azikiwe Kambule: This was death penalty case. Lumumba and Attorney Rob McDuff successfully won a dismissal of the death penalty. Kambule later pled guilty to armed car jacking and accessory after the murder of a Black social worker. Azikiwe Kambule is a young South Afrikan youth who was clearly in the wrong place at the wrong time. He received a totally unjust sentence of thirty-five (35) years in prison. Efforts are now being made to have Kambule repatriated to South Africa or to have his guilty plea set aside.
5. State vs. Terun Moore, State vs. Henry Payton, U.S. vs. Starsky Redd, State vs. Michael Bates, and State vs. Willie Johnson: are all criminal cases in Mississippi in which Brother Lumumba has represented Black defendants who have been unjustly convicted.
6. State vs. Starsky Redd: Brother Lumumba and Attorney Ishmael Muhammad won a dismissal of false charges that Redd committed aggravated assault against two police officers. The jury hung on the charges of misdemeanor assault at Redd’s trial. He later pled guilty to the misdemeanor.
7. State vs. Justin Macon: Brother Lumumba and Attorney Roy Perkins won a not guilty verdict on charges that Macon robbed a drug dealer in Macon, MS.
8. State vs. Eddie Myers: Chokwe Lumumba and Attorney Ishmael Muhammad won a not guilty verdict on Capital Murder charges for Myers, who was charged with shooting a police officer fourteen times. This case occurred in Holmes County, MS.
In 2005 and early 2006 Chokwe Lumumba was suspended from the practice of law in Mississippi for six months by seven white Mississippi Supreme Court Justices for challenging Mississippi Circuit Court Judge Marcus Gordon for his racist treatment of Lumumba’s client, and for expressing his opinion weeks after the hearing that Gordon had the judicial demeanor of a barbarian. He was eligible for reinstatement in April 2006, and petitioned for reinstatement in April 2006, but was not reinstated until January 18, 2007.
Brother Lumumba co-founded the People’s Advocacy Center in Jackson, Mississippi. The center is a non-profit law clinic designed to provide legal services for victims of police brutality, employment discrimination, and labor cases at reasonable prices and it provides a legal weapon for the poor and oppressed.
Lumumba’s primary objective is to help win absolute independence for the New Afrikan (Black) Nation in North America.
Chokwe Lumumba is the son of Lucin and Priscilla Taliaferro and was raised in a working class family along with his seven brothers and sisters. In 1981 Chokwe married his late wife Nubia. The Lumumba’s marriage was the subject of an Essence Article in the early 1990’s. Chokwe has three children. Kambon Mutope, is the oldest child and he resides in Atlanta. Rukia Kai, is a former Miss Tougaloo College and a graduate of Howard University Law School. Chokwe Antar, is a graduate of Tuskegee University in Alabama, and is currently a law student at Thurgood Marshall Law School in Houston, TX.
Lumumba serves as the General Manager of the Jackson Panthers, a very successful AAU Basketball team sponsored by the Malcolm X Center. The panthers and the Center were the subject of a National news article concerning activities on Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. across the United States.
Submitted by the Office of Chokwe Lumumba, Esq.