Over the past four decades, Chokwe Lumumba was been deeply involved in numerous political and legal campaigns. As an attorney, his clients included former Black Panther Assata Shakur and the late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur. As a political organizer, Lumumba served for years as vice president of the Republic of New Afrika, an organization which advocated for “an independent predominantly black government” in the southeastern United States and reparations for slavery. He also helped found the National Black Human Rights Coalition and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. Chokwe Lumumba was outspent 5 to 1 on his campaign to become mayor of Jackson Mississippi and won the election with 87 percent of the vote in 2013. On February 25, 2014, Chokwe Lumumba died at age 66.