By Miriam Raftery
Memorial service has been moved to Bethel Baptist Church on Jan. 24. See details below.
Photo: Carrol Waymon PhD, watching the inauguration of President Barack Obama during a celebration at the Malcolm X Library in San DIego in January, 2009.
January 12, 2020 (San Diego)--San Diego’s most prominent civil rights leader, Carrol Waymon PhD, passed away in early January at age 94. As executive director of San Diego’s first human rights agency, the Citizens Interracial Committee, he was a tireless fighter for justice who broke down many barriers for people of color.
Born May 15, 1925, Waymon was the grandson of a slave and son of a Methodist minister. He was one of seven children, including his sister, the late jazz musician Nina Simone. While working on the Los Angeles Human Relations Agency in 1964, he was asked by San Diego's City Council to come to San Diego and help address racial issues. He moved here and never left, leading the Citizens Interracial Committee and devoting his life to attaining equal rights for all.
ECM interviewed Waymon in January 2009, during a local viewing of the inuauguration of Barack Obama, our nation’s first African-American president. For Waymon, who once served as San Diego’s delegate to the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr., Obama’s election was a major milestone hailed by Waymon. “It is incredible to me. I couldn’t imagine at that time in 1968 that we’d have a black president 40 years later,” he said.