Charleston's top news stories of the year | Features

The year has finally come to an end, but before you go on making ambitious plans for the next one, let's take one last gander at 365 days that brought more good news than bad. Though we're not qualified enough to predict the future, we can make superficial assessments based on the recent past. With that said, in the immortal words of Kylie Jenner: 2019, looking good.

Death of Muhiyidin d'Baha awakens Charleston's activist community

The death of social justice activist Muhiyidin d'Baha inspired a wellspring of emotional support from activists in Charleston and beyond. His unexpected passing in February, from a gunshot wound in the middle of the night in New Orleans, left us thinking about the often-short lives of divisive activists, the legacies of Black Lives Matter figureheads, and the state of gun violence in America. D'Baha, born Muhiyidin Moye, was best known for leaping to tear down a Confederate flag from a protester's hands outside of a College of Charleston talk. Locally, he was already an inescapable figure in the Black Lives Matter movement. Whether he was calling for police oversight in front of North Charleston City Council or drumming away for one cause or another, his presence was obvious to anyone fighting to make Charleston a more just and equitable place. "I think it's ironic," said Kim Duncan, d'Baha's sister, after learning that his death may have been a case of mistaken identity. "Because he was always out there trying to help others, and he took....

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