Jackson, Mississippi, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba is the latest public figure to lend support to the New Black Panther Party’s (NBPP) upcoming Million Youth March in Harlem.
On the New Black Panther Party’s (NBPP) online radio program on July 31 promoting the march, Lumumba mentioned that he learned from Dr. Khalid in the past, presumably referring to Khalid Abdul Muhammad, the vehemently racist and anti-Semitic former leader of the NBPP.
Lumumba has been involved in NBPP events over the years, including as a speaker at NBPP conferences in Atlanta in 2009 and 2010, as a speaker at an event titled “A Call for Revolution” in New Orleans in March 2006, and as co-convener of the NBPP’s Million Youth March in New York in 2003.
The NBPP, the largest organized anti-Semitic and racist black militant group in America, is also promoting supposed endorsements from other public figures, celebrities such as Nick Cannon and Erykah Badu, as well as some business leaders.
By taking on racially-charged issues under the guise of championing civil rights, the NBPP has, at times in the past, received national attention for its efforts, garnered some support from prominent members of the African-American community and attracted followers. The group’s demonstrations, conferences, and other events often blend inflammatory bigotry with calls for violence, tarnishing its efforts to promote black pride and consciousness.