Muhiyidin d’Baha: Leap of Justice

There is no doubt that activism in modern society has changed. But there is also no doubt that we are in pressing need of those individuals and groups that are more than willing to stand up for our collective rights and lend their voice, charisma and dedication to the many issues that we are facing on a daily basis. Today’s issues come in a wide array of topics and subjects that cross many lines of life. From police brutality to women’s rights. Encompassing fair pay to gender bias and rights. That’s just to name a few. Today, we need well rounded, extremely knowledgeable , dedicated, committed and durable activists who aren’t afraid to fill in the gap by representing the voice of the people when dealing with our many social issues.

Muhiyidin Moye (also known as Muhiyidin d’Baha) was this steadfast leader, organizer, voice of the people and modern day abolitionist who would bring his activities and works in and outside of South Carolina fighting for justice from wage rights to racial injustice. Fair treatment for citizens, a national identity for slave descendants and a staunch opposition to police brutality and shootings. The brother rose to national prominence by a leap of faith when he attempted to snatch a confederate flag from a racist on national tv but his more powerful work was to bring action to the Walter Scott shooting by a police in Charleston. Brother d’Baha has definitely blessed us with his dynamic activities surrounding social justice.

When the news broke of Brother d’Baha’s killing in New Orleans both me and my wife looked at one another in disbelief, uncertainty and skepticism. Though there is very little information surrounding his untimely death I am still left with many unanswered questions and thoughts on the occurrence. Brother d’Baha was a Black Lives Matter leader and they have come under much scrutiny from many groups who don’t like their uprising but nevertheless they rise. I offer my deepest condolences to his family and friends but I think we could truly show solidarity by activating the activism button and if you are already activated let’s kick it in overdrive!

“This was his passion, he did it from the heart he was loving he was funny, he was smart but it bothered him, the injustice just bothered him and it never rested well with him,” Brother Moye’s sister, Kimberli Duncan said. “He took it on as a personal battle.”

I think it’s the perfect way to remember his life. I know I have a reinvigorated sense of passion for the activism that I am a part of. The educational injustices bother me and they certainly don’t rest well with me. During this Black History Month, join me, join us in this movement to move equity forward and academics upward by taking this leap of faith. I’m sure Brother d’Baha would approve and be pleased. Rest well Sir.

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