One February 24, 2014, Chokwe Lumumba, the Mayor of Jackson, Mississippi met an untimely death. Called the “most revolutionary mayor” in the United States, the 66-year-old Lumumba contributed decades of political activism, serving as a movement attorney, and as a radical elected official. Lumumba was an activist with the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika and the National Conference of Black Lawyers, a founder of the New African Peoples Organization, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (NCOBRA). As an attorney, he represented Assata Shakur, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Tupac Shakur, the Pontiac Brother, Lance Parker of the LA Four, Fulani and Bilal Sunni-Ali of the Brinks case, and the Scott Sisters. He served on the Jackson City Council from 2009-2013 before being elected to Mayor in 2013.
The Black Scholar is issuing a call for papers for a special issue on the legacy of Chokwe Lumumba. It will illuminate Lumumba’s contribution as a revolutionary organizer, theoretician, elected official, and radical attorney.
Topics related to Chokwe Lumumba and the following will be considered:
- Revolutionary nationalism
- Activist legal work
- Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika
- Jackson-Kush Plan
- Worker-owned cooperatives
- Radical Black Power and electoral politics
- International Solidarity
This issue anticipates that the suggested topics in the list above, or relevant topics not listed, will engage scholars in Black/Africana Studies, Political Theory and Philosophy, Political Science and Social Movement Studies, History, Sociology, Geography, Law, and Economics, and Gender Studies. Abstracts (750 words max) should be submitted by January 15, 2017 to special guest editor Akinyele Umoja (email@example.com). Full articles (5000-7000 words) must be submitted via The Black Scholar‘s Editorial Manager by June 30th, 2017. Publication of the special issue is slated for summer 2018. When preparing manuscripts, please follow The Black Scholar Submission Guidelines.
Because The Black Scholar strives for a public, Black/Africana Studies, and interdisciplinary space of intellectual exchange, we discourage highly specialized or professional language and encourage open, argumentative work that is well written.