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Jomo Akono, Carpenters Local 276 Business Representative has been selected as one of the City & State’s Power of Diversity: Black 100. This list highlights the elected officials, business executives, labor leaders, community advocates and other trailblazers who are writing the next chapter of Black life in America.
Akono, a second-generation union carpenter, grew up in Buffalo and joined the Carpenters union in 2005. He went through the apprenticeship program at the age of 34, working as a journeyman for over five years before becoming a Business Representative in 2016.
City and State stated: “Throughout his time as a Local 276 executive board member, Jomo Akono has solidified his role as a standout labor leader in Buffalo. Utilizing his leadership position, Akono has continually pushed for the diversification of Carpenters union outreach in order to accurately represent Local 276’s community demographics.”
Another honor to add to Brother Akono’s list of accolades includes a MLK Diversity Award given during an annual Dr. Martin Luther King celebration last month in Buffalo.