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Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a multi-disciplinary artist and scholar who studies the intersections of African-American culture, history and scholarship.  She has engaged in recent research that focuses on African-American dual-enrolled and homeschooled students and their perceptions of college preparedness.  She has also engaged in research and practitioner work focused on arts-integration and high impact learning practices. As a playwright and cultural curator, she has often engaged in comprehensive research to develop historical theater works and museum exhibits. Her theatrical presentation In Her Words highlights the social justice work of African-American cultural icons Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Zora Neale Hurston, Katherine Dunham, and Lucille Clifton. Her recent historical exhibit "Flying Towards Freedom: Migration Stories of Maryland Families" was inspired by the book Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison. She is a 2019 Fulbright-Hays scholar and the 2020 Scholar-in-Residence at Prince George’s County African American Museum and Cultural Center where she also served as a teaching artist.

After several years as a college administrator, Khadijah began teaching college courses in 2011. She continues to teach courses in Communication studies and Fine and Performing Arts and has taught at Morgan State University, Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Prince George's Community College (PGCC), Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and Montgomery College. While at PGCC, she was awarded a 2016 Prince George’s Community College Foundation Impact Grant used to create the Mid-Atlantic Media Arts and Communication Conference which led to her founding the organization Student Media Online. She is founding director of the multi-disciplinary arts company Liberated Muse Arts Group which she has led since 2008 and served as the founding production editor of the Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress (JUMP) from 2017-2019. She enjoyed a professional career as a freelance journalist and media professional from 2004-2017, working with numerous brands including WEAA 88.9 FM, Capital Community News, The Washington Informer, The AFRO and Ebony.com.

In addition to her work as an educator and journalist, Khadijah is a producing playwright and performance artist. Readings and full productions of her plays have been produced by Theater Alliance (Washington DC), Bonifant Theater (Silver Spring, MD), Open Stage DC (Washington DC), DC Public Library System, Alexandria Library (Virginia), Smithsonian Anacostia Museum (Washington DC), The Baltimore Theatre Project (Baltimore, MD), Capital Fringe Festival (Washington DC), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Page to Stage festival and the US Peace Corps. She was selected as an inaugural 2019-2020 Quadrant Playwright by Theater Alliance. She coaches other creatives, helping them birth their creativity, through her brand The Creative Midwife.

As a performance artist, she served as a poetry host at the flagship Busboys & Poets location in Washington, DC from  2015-2018 and curated multiple performance series' throughout the Washington DC and Baltimore area in locations including Alice's Jazz and Cultural Society, Hotel RL and ARTOMATIC.  She is a recipient of a 2015 Maryland Arts State Arts Council Individual Artist award and is a 2012 Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund Forty Under 40 awardee in the Arts & Humanities. 

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman holds a Doctor of Education degree from Morgan State University. She received her MA in Mass Communication/Media Studies at Towson University and her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (African-American Studies and Mass Media) with a minor in Writing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

 

Awards

PROFESSIONAL GRANTS/OPPORTUNITIES

2019   Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad to Colombia, South America

2015   Maryland State Arts Council Individual Arts Award in Non-Classical Music Solo Performance

2015   Prince George’s Community College Foundation Impact Grant Award    

2014   Summer Virginia Community College System Professional Development Grant (declined)                          

2014   Northern Virginia Community College Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Grant    

RECOGNITION/HONORS

2016 Walker’s Legacy 50List

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

RECENT SCHOLARSHIPS

2018 DeCosta Summer Scholarship Recipient

2016 Alpha Kappa Alpha Book Scholarship

RECENT GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS

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

Gallery

On Tuesday, October 31, 2017, Khadijah's first short film BRACELET was screened at Landmark's E Street Cinema as part of the 48 Hour Film Project (pictured: Khadijah Ali-Coleman being interviewed after the screening)

PHOTO BY BEN DAWSON, JR.

Khadijah (4th from left) served as coordinator of the 2015 UMBC McNair Scholar Undergraduate Research Conference. She is in this photo with the staff of the UMBC McNair Scholar staff, including the former Assistant Provost and Director of the McNair Scholars program, Ms. Cynthia Hill (in green).

 

Khadijah founded the arts company Liberated Muse Arts Group in 2008 and serves as Creative Director. She also is a performance troupe member. (pictured: Khadijah Ali-Coleman on djembe with other members of Liberated Muse Arts Group)

PHOTO BY GARY YOUNG

Fall 2015 the Prince George's Community College Student Publications office hosted a panel discussion bringing together community activists to discuss ways to combat police brutality and build community resources. Faculty advisor, Khadijah Ali-Coleman moderated the panel.