ABOUT | Salim Hylton: Artist, Storyteller, Advocate
MORIBA “SALIM” KAMBUI HYLTON was born on April 11, 1982. The last of four siblings, Salim was the victim of gun violence on August 30, 2009 in the same neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC where he was born and grew up.
Salim’s talents as a visual artist were first realized at the age of 12 and were further nurtured in high school at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned a degree in Visual & Media Arts. His talents and passion for the arts, abilities as a storyteller, loyalty to friends, family and community, his sage, sober awareness of marginalizing conditions, and his demand for justice all merged to deeply influence Salim’s art. Murals of his design and direction can be seen on 6th Street, NW and U Street, NW.
Even in his passing, Salim gave the gift of Life. His heart was gifted to a 44 year-old single gentleman whose heart condition left him disabled and on the waiting list for a year. The recipient of Salim’s right lung is a 57 year-old woman with five children and 14 grandchildren. His left lung was gifted to a 30 year-old gentleman who is engaged to be married. Salim’s liver was gifted to a 49 year-old single woman who was disabled due to liver disease. A 51 year-old married woman was gifted with Salim’s right kidney. She had been on the waiting list since May 2003. The recipient of Salim’s left kidney and pancreas was a 40 year-old woman on dialysis since 2005. Salim’s corneas were gifted to the Washington Eye Bank and will offer one or two people the gift of sight and recovery from blindness. His saphenous veins were recovered and will be used in various surgical procedures for the reconstruction of arms or legs of patients who require the replacement of blood vessels. This will help to prevent the necessity of limb amputation.
As the Salim Hylton Memorial Scholarship Fund grows, so will this website. Again, your generous gifts and contributions, through purchase of his artwork, are greatly appreciated and will go towards assisting other talented artists in sharing their talents and gifts.