As previously reported by this site, the Durham county school board was considering changing their meeting attendance policies in order to accommodate members choosing to engage in activist events over board meetings.
One member in particular, Sendolo Diaminah, had missed 9 of the last 16 meetings. Diaminah was elected in 2014 and claimed at the time he was running because he wanted to ‘represent the community’.
Diaminah, who self describes as a “black, queer communist”, was apparently not representing the community as a member of the board, but instead was too busy traveling and being involved in Black Lives Matter protests.
Diaminah came under fire after his attendance record was exposed and has apparently resigned.
Diaminah, however, doesn’t seem concerned about representing the community on education anymore and is now more focused on Donald Trump.
The News and Observer reported:
Community organizer Sendolo Diaminah will resign from Durham Public Schools Board of Education this month to focus on social justice issues and helping to defeat presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“As each of you know, this has not been an easy decision,” he wrote in an email to school board members Saturday. “However, after extensive discussion with the groups and individuals who supported my campaign and presence on the board, I feel clear that this is the right decision.”
“What I did not know when I ran for office was that during my term the Movement for Black Lives would erupt and that Donald Trump would run for president,” he wrote. “Over the course of the last two years, my paid work as a trainer of Black social justice organizers around the country and my unpaid work building up organizations to defeat Trump have taken on incredible proportions.”
Readers hopefully noticed Diaminah’s admission that he is a, “trainer of Black social justice organizers around the country” and the implication that the school board doesn’t pay so it had to go.
Question: Who is paying him?
In semi-related news, Charlotte Mecklenburg schools will play host to a “Black Lives Matter forum on education inequities”, according to the Charlotte Observer. The event will take place August 25th.
That event is being sponsored by The Charlotte Post Foundation. The foundation is not registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State as a charity despite their 501(c)3 status, but instead as a corporation.
A portion of their charity status letter reads:
Based on information supplied, and assuming your operations will be as stated in your application for recognition of exemption, we have determined you are exempt from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501(c) (3).
We have further determined that you are not a private foundation within the meaning of section 509(a) of the Code, because you are an organization described in sections 509(a)(2) and 170(b) (1) (A) (vi)
View the Charlotte Post Foundation’s IRS 990 filings.