A celebration of the life of activist, philanthropist and community organizer Thomas Ali Muhammad will take place at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at 11 a.m.
Mr. Muhammad was a man who wore many hats and he was also referred to as a historian, Muslim scholar, warrior, writer, servant leader and friend. He transitioned in his sleep on Monday morning August 15, 2022 and was buried in Laureland Memorial Park, following a traditional Islamic Janazah service.
“Thomas Muhammad was a supreme servant who faced injustice until his last breath,” said longtime friend and confidante Diane Ragsdale. “He loved Allah, his family and humanity.”
Born in Dallas, Texas on January 12, 1951, Mr. Muhammad was a practicing Orthodox Muslim who traveled to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj (religious pilgrimage) in July 1990. Over the years , he was involved in many organizations, activities and movements. As a teenager attending James Madison High School in South Dallas, he was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and from that point on, if there was a cause he believed in, he was definitely in the first line. ; advocating, picketing, fundraising, organizing and working in front of the cameras or behind the scenes to bring about change.
“Thomas Ali Muhammad was a relentless and unabashed warrior and defender of this community,” said Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. “When you went to war, there was no one better at 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 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.
To note: In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to two institutions Mr. Muhammad has dedicated to Innercity Community Development Corporation (ICDC) and the Black Academy of Arts and Letters.