- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The late Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba is one of six people being honored with humanitarian awards by the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy.

The awards will be presented Friday during a luncheon at Jackson State University’s Student Union.

The 66-year-old Lumumba, a civil rights activist and an attorney, died Feb. 25 after eight months in office. The Hinds County coroner said he died of natural causes.

Others honorees are Tougaloo College President Beverly Hogan; Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson; Albert Sykes, director of advocacy and policy for the Young People’s Project; Jessie Harris, who helped register blacks to vote in the 1960s and helped train Freedom Summer volunteers; and Jed Oppenheim, a member of the Jackson Public School District board.

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