It’s a sunny day and Umar Muhammad, clad in a blue-green plaid shirt, is crossing a parking lot, headed into work at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. As he walks, a cameraman follows.
“What happened to your suit and tie?” an off-screen voice asks.
With a grin, Muhammad replies that he hadn’t learned how to tie a tie, and the person who did it for him the day before wasn’t available to lend a hand again.
To hear friends and family talk about him, you’d get the impression that tying a tie may have been one of the few things Muhammad couldn’t do.
Muhammad, a community organizer, activist and advocate for the formerly incarcerated, was remembered Saturday in a celebration that blended Islamic, Christian and African traditions, storytelling, tears and laughter and filled the four hundred and fifty-capacity St. Joseph’s AME Church.…