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Statement from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on the passing of Jackson, Miss. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba

Keith Aikens, 269.969.2019

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation joins the citizens of Jackson, Miss., and the entire state in mourning the loss of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba. Mayor Lumumba was a visionary leader whose short term as mayor was the capstone in a lifetime of work to help improve the lives of others.
Mayor Lumumba was a committed champion for social justice and equal rights for all citizens of Mississippi. He had an unwavering commitment to supporting young men and boys of color – the future leaders of our state.

In his all-too-short tenure as mayor, we were privileged to work alongside him in creating a bright future for all citizens of Jackson, especially those who face barriers based on race or income.

We express our heartfelt condolences to the mayor’s family, friends, members of his administration and the citizens of Jackson. We pledge to honor his life and his legacy by continuing our work on behalf of children and families in Jackson and throughout Mississippi.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to help break the cycle of poverty by removing barriers based on race or income that hold back children, so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. 

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.

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