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On the Passing of Chokwe Lumumba

via the Nation

Chokwe Lumumba at a news conference in Jackson, Missisippi (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Chokwe Lumumba at a news conference in Jackson, Missisippi (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Lumumba’s was not a tale of a radical coming to terms with society as it exists, like so many of those from the New Left. His legal career was radical and often controversial. He took on a host of high-profile cases, including that of Fulani Sunni Ali, rapper Tupac Shakur and former Black Panther Party members Geronimo Pratt and Assata Shakur.

He never renounced the goal of black self-determination or apologized for his activism during his Republic of New Afrika years. Lumumba told me as recently as last week that only his tactics had changed in light of the new political avenues now open to black militants in the South.

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