Muhiydin d’Baha, Charleston BLM Organizer Killed in New Orleans

Muhiydin d’Baha, a prominent BLM organizer in Charleston was killed in New Orleans on Tuesday.

Muhiydin d’Baha, a prominent BLM organizer in Charleston was killed in New Orleans on Tuesday.

By Free Radical

On early Tuesday morning, Muhiydin d’Baha, a prominent Black Lives Matter organizer in the city of Charleston, SC was murdered in New Orleans. Police reports state that he was shot in the leg while riding his bicycle down Bienville St. He later bled to death after being taken to a local hospital. According to a friend, d’Baha had traveled to New Orleans to learn organizing strategies he could use in Charleston.

d’Baha, who was born Muhiydin Moye, saw his star rise after the murder of Walter Scott by a North Charleston police officer in April 2015. He quickly became a major organizer in the Charleston area by protesting police violence and other racialized inequities. D’Baha also gained fame last year when he attempted to wrestle away a Confederate flag from the South Carolina Secessionist Party who picketed a speech by Bree Newsome. Newsome is best known for climbing a flag pole on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse to remove a Confederate flag in 2015 following the racist massacre of nine parishioners in Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church. In his own incident of snatching the Confederate flag, d’Baha said he wanted White nationalists to “understand what it is to meet real resistance, to meet people that aren’t scared.”

Tragically, d’Baha joins a number of Black Lives Matter organizers who were killed recently. Ohio activist Marshawn McCarrel killed himself in 2016. In St. Louis, DeAndre Joshua, Darren Seals, and Edward Crawford were found murdered. The killings of all three men remain unsolved.

Yet their work lives on in the people they have impacted. On Facebook, Thomas Dixon, d’Baha’s comrade, and co-founder of The Coalition: People United to Take Back Our Community, wrote: “Moya Moye, I am eternally grateful to you and for you . . . for your spirit that refused to accept injustice, your courage that showed the world that fear in the face of wrong was not an option, and your strength that kept you on the battlefield, even when no one else was there. I will forever miss you, my brother. I, for one, know just how much you enriched my life. Soldiers together . . . forever.”

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