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THOMAS MUHAMMAD REMEMBERED: Program honors long-time activist, community organizer

Thomas Ali Muhammad
Thomas Ali Muhammad

A celebration of the life of activist, philanthropist and community organizer Thomas Ali Muhammad will be held at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters,  Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 11a.m.

Mr. Muhammad was a man who wore many hats and he has also been referred to as an historian, Muslim scholar, warrior, writer, servant leader and friend.  He transitioned in his sleep on Monday morning, Aug. 15, 2022 and was buried at Laureland Memorial Park, following a traditional Islamic Janazah service.

“Thomas Muhammad was a Supreme Servant who confronted injustice up to his final breath,” said long-time friend and confidante Diane Ragsdale. “He loved Allah, his family and humanity.”

Born in Dallas, TX on January 12, 1951, Mr. Muhammad was an Orthodox practicing Muslim who made his journey to the Holy City of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for Hajj (Religious Pilgrimage) in July 1990. Over the years, he was involved in numerous organizations, activities and movements.  As a teenager attending James Madison High School in South Dallas, he was a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and from that point on, if there was a cause that he believed in, he was definitely on the front lines; advocating, picketing, fundraising, organizing and working in front of cameras or behind the scenes to effect change.

“Thomas Ali Muhammad was a warrior and a relentless, unapologetic advocate for this community,” said Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.  “When going to war there was no one better in a foxhole than Thomas.”

The celebration is open to the public and it will be an opportunity to hear from family, friends, and comrades of Mr. Muhammad while also commemorating his commitment to making this world a better place.

WHAT:   Celebration of the life of Thomas Ali Muhammad

WHERE:  The Black Academy of Arts and Letters 650 South Griffin Street Dallas, TX 75202

WHEN:  October  29, 2022 at 11 a.m.

Note:  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to two institutions that Mr. Muhammad was dedicated to Innercity Community Development Corporation (ICDC) and The Black Academy of Arts and Letters.

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