1.The challenges that lie ahead are more abundant than we knew when we decided to pursue the mayoral office. However, the opportunities are far vaster than we imagined. Jackson is pregnant with opportunities. It will require a strong dedication to realize this potential.
2.There is a hunger for change among people both locally and abroad. I am met with constant encouragement and great interest from people in Jackson and beyond who are deeply vested in the idea of how we create people-centered governance. I have been pleasantly surprised by how far the message of what we are attempting to build in Jackson has spread.
3.There is nothing wrong with Jackson that can’t be cured by what is right with Jackson. I have witnessed the commitment and dedication of Jacksonians, and we have to utilize this resilience and meet it with our willingness to sacrifice and struggle in order to reach our aims.
4.Communication is a vital and great weapon against misinformation and confusion. We have witnessed just how critical the need for effective communication is as well as the benefit of providing clear and complete messages directly to the people of Jackson.
5.There is room for operational unity. We have learned that our message must be centered on identifying our common ends and objectives rather than the differences between us.
6.We must be prepared for constant struggle and hard work. The opposition to what we are building will never retreat into its corner. Our work must be our defense. Unfortunately, we must be prepared for the reality that some will not be as sincere in this effort as we are. However, they who are with us are far greater than they who are against us.
7.There is an energy surfacing that we must concretize. We have to better direct the passion and momentum we are witnessing in order to change the way we pursue a society beyond contradiction.
8.Patience is a necessary attribute. There’s an African proverb that states, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
9.We can’t solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them. We must dare to be radical.
10.My father often said, “If you don’t love the people, then you will eventually betray the people.” This work requires a passion for service. As we deal with challenges, our hearts must be deeply vested. I am eternally grateful to be in this position, and I am certain that we were correct to pursue this effort.
Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba won Jackson’s 2017 mayoral election by a landslide and has worked tirelessly to serve the city since. Throughout his life and career, he has maintained a consistent presence in community projects and displayed a genuine commitment to justice. His 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.