Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau was an activist who actively participated in the Black Lives Matter movement. She was from Tallahassee, Florida, United States.
Salau spent the last days of her life demanding justice for people who were murdered. At each Black Lives Matter protest, she had been reciting the names of African-American people killed, such as trans man Tony McDade of Tallahassee and security guard George Floyd of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
“I don’t want their names gone in vain,” Tallahassee Democrat quoted Salau as saying during a protest in front of the Tallahassee Police Department in May 2020. “Those lives may be lost but we cannot be scared. You are angry and it’s okay to be angry.”
On June 7, 2020, Salau took to Twitter to reveal that she was sexually assaulted by an African-American man in Tallahassee. She added that the man was in his mid-40s and he lives in a gray painted duplex apartment-style house.
The death of Salau broke the hearts of many Africans and Americans. Here are 13 facts about the late African-American activist from Tallahassee:
- She is of Nigerian descent.
- She has a brother named Oluwaseyi Salau.
- Danaya Hemphill, Ashley Loray and Chynna Carney were among her friends.
- Photographer Alina Amador frequently recruited her to model for her.
- She was homeless.
- She taught herself to sew, paint and design her own clothes.
- She was affiliated with Movement 850, a group of student leaders and community residents working together to demand justice and policy change for police reform in Tallahassee.
- On June 6, 2020, she was seen in the area of Orange Avenue and Wahnish Way in Tallahassee.
- On June 8, 2020, she was at the Kearney Center, a non-profit organization in Tallahassee, looking for shelter.
- On June 10, 2020, she walked into Big Easy Snowballs on Lake Ella, Tallahassee and asked to use the restroom of the ice cream shop.
- She was found dead on June 13, 2020 along with Victoria “Vicki” Sims off Monday Road in southeast Tallahassee.
- She and Sims had met at a Black Lives Matter protest.
- She died at the age of 19.