Building business cooperatives. Requiring employers to hire local. Investing in infrastructure that helps underserved communities participate and thrive. These are some of the ways that Chokwe Lumumba, the new mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, plans to build a strong, inclusive economy in his city. An attorney, a longtime black nationalist organizer, a human rights activist, and a co-founder of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Lumumba won by a landslide in June — just days before the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Medgar Evers in Jackson.
America's Tomorrow spoke with the mayor as he started his sixth month in office. Read the interview here.