Black Lives Matter Activist Who Snatched Accomplice Flag Killed In New Orleans

Muhiyyidin Moye the leader of the Black Lives Matter movement in Charleston

Muhiyyidin Moye the leader of the Black Lives Matter movement in Charleston

Moye made headlines a year ago after he was seen leaping over caution tape and snatching a Confederate flag from a protester during a live television broadcast in downtown Charleston.

On February 22, 2017, Bree Newsome - the woman arrested for scaling a 30-foot flagpole and removing a Confederate flag at the SC statehouse in 2015 - was addressing a crowd that included members of Black Lives Matter as well as protesters from the state's Secessionist Party.

Other known local activists, including Pastor Thomas Dixon, have taken to social media to express their condolences and share news of Moye's death.

But Moye, who also went by the last name d'Baha, had spent years fighting for racial equality as an activist and protester.

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He grabbed the Confederate flag and tried to run off, dropping it at one point before he was soon tackled by a number of police officers.

D'baha's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral costs and the return of his body from New Orleans.

After a childhood in which he got into trouble for stealing cars, he studied psychology and played football at college. New Orleans has one of the highest murder rates in the USA, with 157 murders in 2017. "We don't have many details, but will update as soon as we do". "I'll miss you, my Brother, more than I can say in words".

'He had so much life and energy and intellectual curiosity and capacity and love and positive energy.

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Charleston journalist Shani Raine Gilchrist said that, although she'd only met Moye on a handful of occasions, he was not forgettable.

Sarah wrote: "You represented the very best of America".

"Muhiyyidin was a warrior for this community and a lovely soul", said one person who donated to help cover d'Baha's funeral costs. We didn't agree on everything, but we both understood that the mission and the message superseded differences, so we were always friends no matter what'. As of Wednesday morning, the family's GoFundMe page had raised more than $14,600, well above an original goal of $7,500.

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