Sendolo Diaminah is a new addition to the Board of Durham Public Schools, in North Carolina. Strangely, during his campaigning, he didn’t describe himself to the voting public as he does to his friends, as “a black, queer communist.”
Comrade Diaminah is General Secretary of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, the US’ most influential Maoist grouping. As leader of the organization, Diaminah represented Freedom Road at a 2013 meeting in New York with leaders of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, Communist Party USA and Democratic Socialists of America to discuss closer cooperation and even a possible merger.
Sendolo Diaminah’s election to the school board was helped by an endorsement from the Durham People’s Alliance, one of the city’s big-three political groups. Another Freedom Road Socialist Organization leader Aiden Graham, serves on the Durham People’s Alliance board.
Diaminah is an organizer with a similarly named Freedom Road front group, People’s Durham, a “new organization committed to building a participatory democracy led by low-income people and people of color.”
Diaminah earned a degree from City University of New York in 2006 and has worked as a “community organizing” trainer for Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity (BOLD). Before organizing for BOLD, he was a North Carolina adviser for Southerners On New Ground, a Rank-and-File Labor Organizer, and a campus organizer with All City in New York. Diaminah has received several awards, including the 2012 Indy Citizen Award, the 2012 Louis Burnham Award and the 2013 Black Workers for Justice Self-Determination Award.
He is clearly a perfect fit to help educate the children of conservative North Carolina.