President, International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement
Kalambayi Andenet [Kah-lam-bah-yee / An-deh-net] hails from St. Louis, Missouri. She is the fourth child after her three older brothers.
From early in Kalambayi’s life she faced the full breadth of life under U.S. colonial domination. She was first misdiagnosed with a learning disability in the colonial public school system which relegated her to remedial classes that did not benefit her at all.
While in high school, two of Kalambayi’s brothers were murdered; one by a white vigilante, and the other by a police set up, disguised as “black on black violence.”
On August 9, 2014, after Michael Brown was gunned down in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, Kalambayi was reminded of her brothers and felt that she had to do more to end these attacks, so she joined the protests. It was in the streets of Ferguson where she first heard the Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party, Omali Yeshitela.
A few months later, in October of 2014, she join the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (INPDUM) having been won to the politics of African Internationalism and the need to answer the question,”Til what end.”
She led the organizing efforts around the Black People’s Grand Jury which brought the black community together to examine the evidence in the Michael Brown case. It was a resounding success, with full participation from organizations and community members, who found that Officer Darren Wilson was guilty of murder and all witnesses presented in the state’s grand jury were not viable. Here, Kalambayi gave a powerful testimony which named colonialism as the reason for her family’s struggle with police terror.
Kalambayi continued to study and put into practice the theory of African Internationalism in the streets of St. Louis. She organized her friends and family and went on to build St. Louis’ first INPDUM branch.
On September 2015, after a year of organizing with INPDUM, she was appointed President of the organization. Kalambayi continues to put herself on the line for the liberation of the African collective.
Kalambayi is a single mother of two girls, and fights every day to ensure that her children and all other African children can inherit a legacy of liberation so that this can be a reality for every African person in the present & future.