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This morning when I clicked on the article, and  I realized that it was you, I clutched my chest to gasp for breath. I didn’t get a chance to meet you in person, but with what I saw from you on Facebook, but it didn’t take much for me to admire & respect you. You were living in Charleston. You were Black. You were an activist for the people and the people only. You weren’t afraid to take risks. You loved unconditionally. You were a disciplined and determined organizer, who produced results.  All of our internet conversations, whether it was on a Facebook status that I posted or one that you posted, were nothing short of productive and fruitful.

Being away from Charleston took a toll on me. I had to see Charleston recuperate after Walter Scott was brutally murdered by Charleston police–something that ate me up inside. Then, shortly thereafter, I had to see Charleston take another blow to the brain, when a white supremacist shot and killed nine churchgoers. Being so far away during the grieving and healing process was enough to almost cripple me.

But, I felt assured and at peace, because you were there. You did everything that you needed to do–in such an uncompromising and unwavering fashion. You were a man of integrity, intelligence and passion. I wasn’t in Charleston in those moments that I felt that I needed to the most–and I didn’t have to. You were there on my behalf, raising Hell and taking a stand for all poor, Black and marginalized people who have been relegated to racism, discrimination and hostility for far too long.

I never got to meet you on THIS side of paradise, but I know that we will meet when it’s all said and done!

Marcus Garvey said, “I shall come and bring with me countless millions of Black slaves who have died in America and the West Indies and by the millions in Africa to aid you in the fight for liberty, freedom, and life.” I truly believe that you will be among those accompanying Garvey when the time comes. Let it be soon!

Rest In Paradise Muhiyyidin d’Baha!