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A Mountain of a Man

I’d like to tell you about a special soul that we lost last month who was an advocate and friend in the Atlanta social justice community. Haroun Shahid Wakil was a tireless, full of life, 40-year-old street activist. He literally walked the streets of his neighborhood to make sure that kids got to school, families had something to eat, and that different gang members actually sat in the same room to talk to one another. Haroun went to the capital and spoke at committee meetings, he called out political figures when they didn’t look out for the people. He was well respected by so many in the community. Haroun made friends with everyone he met working to fight injustice. He was the founder of the Street Groomers.

When Haroun died last month from a medical condition, after surviving Covid, my Facebook feed was full of tributes to this incredible human being who left us too soon. Since his death, several municipalities have recognized his work. It was evident how many people respected Haroun and the work he did. And it is now in our hands to continue the work. The Street Groomers will live on, will do good, will continue to speak truth to power. May Haroun Rest In Peace knowing that the work will continue. Rest well my friend.

P.S. I invite you to share a good deed in his honor. Break down a barrier. Put compassion first. Notice everyone around you. I know he will be smiling down on each of us.

Leanne Rubenstein
Compassion Cultivator
Compassionate Atlanta

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