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Lumumba is also founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and his platform calls for a move towards Black self-determination in the Deep South.
Jackson’s new mayor refers to himself as a “Fannie Lou Hamer Democrat,” a nod to the fearless civil rights leader who organized the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to challenge the white supremacist Dixiecrats that ruled the Land of Jim Crow at the time.
Congratulations to Mayor Lumumba! May the spirits of Black political prisoners and freedom fighters continue to guide your steps as you usher in a new Mississippi.
Lumumba takes office July 1.
Listen to Fannie Lou Hamer’s powerful speech at the 1964 DNC below:
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