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Dorothy Martin

November 28, 1935 ~ May 24, 2020 (age 84)

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Dorothy Mae Davis was born on November 28, 1935, in Allendale, South Carolina.  After graduating from Burke High School in 1953, Dot, as she was called by many of her family and friends in the south, moved to Brooklyn, New York, to join her dear mother, the late Lillie Mae Davis-Brabham. It was in New York where she met her husband, formerly known as Coleman Martin. They settled into their home in the East New York section of Brooklyn and began to raise their family. Dorothy temporarily worked for the New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services processing applications for families in need of assistance.
While their two daughters and four sons were young, Dorothy and Coleman (Abdullah Bhaki Suluki) converted to Islam.  The Nation of Islam, the largest and most organized African American religious organization in America, provided not only a safe and sacred place to worship but also provided the knowledge and teachings of self-love and self-worth denied to African Americans.  As with many religious traditions, Dorothy chose her spiritual name, Khalilah Suluki, to symbolize the new life she had entered.  Khalilah was a faithful woman and enjoyed the fellowship with other Muslims.  She was very active in the Masjid, where she served as an MGT and Den Mother.  
Khalilah not only supported her religious community, but she was a source of support and love to countless neighbors and friends.  They affectionately called her "Mother." 
Mother was a fixture at her grandchildren's schools.  She often volunteered her time attending field trips or assisting in the classrooms.  Mother made herself available to anyone who needed her. There was never a phone call that went unanswered. She opened her home and her heart to all.  Her big and warm smile welcomed you.  Everyone felt comfortable in her presence.  Mother had a way of making you feel like you were the most important person to her.  She was always interested.  Mother never failed to offer love and understanding.  She was a mother and your friend.
She will be missed.
Mother leaves behind to honor and celebrate her life, two daughters, Patricia Davis and Louise Clark. Sons, Jabir, Hassan, Ali, and Zakee Suluki. Godson, Abdul Suluki. Grandchildren, Laticia Hicks, Hashim Davis, Saleema Gumbs, Eric Davis, Rasheem Clark, Kareem Davis, Shameeka Davis, Jabir Suluki Jr, Dadreama Sandiford, Hassan Suluki Jr, Hassan HGT Suluki, Jamel Suluki, Ali Suluki Jr, Tiffany Morton, Ameenah Williams, Ahmad Suluki, Zeinobiah Suluki, Zakee Suluki Jr, Zaida Suluki, Khalilah Suluki, Taheerah Suluki, Leamon Suluki, Akeem Suluki (Deceased), Shaniqua Harris, Anthony Suluki, Shawndel Suluki, and Vinny Suluki.  Her first cousins, Hazeline Perry and Jacqui Ormond. Three Daughters-in-Law, a host of Great-grandchildren, Great-great grandchildren, cousins, extended family, and friends. 
She loved you all.
 

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