Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

| learning-centered educator, media innovator and artist


June 2019

April 2019

On April 18, 2019, Khadijah was a featured literary artist at the April edition of IN OUR OWN WORDS, a monthly reading series presented by Zora's Den. The event took place in Nancy by SNAC in Baltimore, MD.  Khadijah presented her work featured in Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul; Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face and Liberated Muse Volume III: Creases Expelled from the Fold.

March 2019

On March, 27, 2019, Khadijah with her group Liberated Muse presented music from the 2018 CD Awakening, a tapestry of music from jazzy blues and spoken word to soulful a capella ballads highlighting today’s tumultuous times mixed with optimistic reverence, set to the music and culture of the African diaspora. Presented as part of the Kennedy Center's DIRECT CURRENT series. Watch the full concert at

The poem "Activist Prayer (Burn Baby, Burn)" written by Khadijah Ali-Coleman

Learn more about Liberated Muse at

In response to MacArthur Genius Award winner Dominique Morrisesu’s play BLOOD AT THE ROOT, Theater Alliance in Washington DC put out a call for short plays for its Hothouse Reading Series. Six short plays were selected, including this play, POSTERBOARD, by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman. Recorded March 17, 2019

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On Sunday, March 3, Khadijah was a panelist on the A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race) open discussion series, hosted by Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC as a community service. The discussion provides the opportunity for people to come together and speak openly and honestly about issues of race. The panel was moderated by economist and noted commentator, Dr. Julianne Malveaux and included visual artist and activist Vy Vu. Read more here


February 2019

On Monday, February 25, 2019, Khadijah and her arts company Liberated Muse presented the tribute "Zora Past Sun", a musical, poetic and theatrical tribute to writer, anthropologist and thought leader Zora Neale Hurston. Read more here

January 2019

Host Brenda Hayes of Sophie's Parlor, one of WPFW 89.3 FM's longest running shows, interviews Liberated Muse Arts Group. Khadijah created Liberated Muse in 2008.

Learn more about Liberated Muse at

November 2018

Khadijah was part of a panel in the International Education week symposium "Why Should HBCUs Lead Internationalization in Higher Education?" at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, sharing her experiences as an undergraduate student who traveled abroad and how it has impacted her cultural competency and work as a community college faculty member. 

October 2018

Khadijah was invited to present a tribute poem to the late author Zora Neale Hurston at the annual Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Awards Gala in Washington DC. She presented her original poem "Zora Past the Sun" written in tribute to the author.



Khadijah was part of the panel "Community College's Role in Social Justice" that took place at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, hosted by the Community College Leadership Program. Khadijah shared information on how high impact practices in the classroom improve learning and student success.

September 2018


(photo by LeRoy Armstead)

A staged reading of Khadijah's new play BuildingBeautiful was presented by the Kennedy Center in Washington DC for the 17th annual Page-to-Stage Festival. Read More here on Morgan State University's website.

August 2018


Khadijah released her new children's book Mariah's Maracas at the Kwanzaa in August Festival in Washington, DC. The book is available for purchase on

July 2018

Liberated Muse Arts Group, founded and led by Khadijah Ali-Coleman, presented three of her short plays in the annual Artscape festival in Baltimore, MD, the largest free arts festival in the country.

June 2018


Khadijah was elected 2018-2019 board member at-large of the Maryland chapter of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA)


More mentions in the press:

Khadijah is interviewed for article on community gardening (Nov 2017)




2016 Walker’s Legacy 50List

2015  MSAC Individual Arts Award in Non-Classical Music Solo Performance

2012 Top Forty UNDER 40 Award, Arts & Humanities, Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund

2012  Artist of Distinction, WOMA, Inc.

2011 Woman of Power Award, eMedia

2009 Certification of Appreciation, US Census Bureau (Liberated Muse)

2008 Vision Award, The Office of Residence Life, Morgan State University

2007 Director’s Award, The Office of Residence Life, Morgan State University


2015   Prince George’s Community College Foundation Impact Grant Award    

2014   Summer VCCS Professional Development Grant (declined)                          

2014   NVCC Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Grant                             


2018 DeCosta Summer Scholarship Recipient

2016 Alpha Kappa Alpha Book Scholarship


2017=2020 Advanced Studies, Leadership & Policy, School of Education & Urban Studies, Morgan State University

Recent Highlights

2017 as Vice-President of the Morgan State Graduate Student Association led planning of the organization's "Hoodie Living Memorial Walk", a community memorial project included in planned activities promoted through the Baltimore Ceasefire city-wide initiative. Produced and directed the short film documenting the event above.

2017 screened short film BRACELET, written, directed and produced by Khadijah Ali-Coleman, at Landmark's E Street Cinema in Washington DC as part of the 48 Hour Film Project.

2017 presented a staged reading of the 10-minute play, "Miss Trudy's Birthday" in the Kennedy Center's 16th Annual Page to Stage Festival in Washington, DC. The play, performed by Liberated Muse Arts Group, written by Khadijah Ali-Coleman, was created in 48-hours, part of TMD Theatre's "Up All Night Musical" challenge. "Miss Trudy's Birthday" won the audience choice award for "Best Overall Musical" and three more honors. 

2017 Produced, directed and edited video for Kickstarter campaign for award-winning author, Sasha Alston for her book Sasha Tech-Savvy Loves to Code. Campaign garnered over $10000 over the initial goal and media placement in major news outlets.

2016 Coordinated the 2017 CASA Academy Summer Bridge Program which boasted more than 98% successful participant completion and eligibility rate to attend Morgan State University in the fall (highest completion in eleven year history of program). (Morgan State University)

2016 Created the student group CASA STARs for student alumni of the Center for Academic Success and Achievement summer bridge program, CASA Academy (Morgan State University)

2016 Created & implemented the Mid-Atlantic College Media Arts and Communication Conference (MACMACCon) (Prince George's Community College)

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Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a multi-media strategist and professional creative who has built an expansive interdisciplinary career as a professional in higher education, media and the arts.  Read More...