Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

| learning-centered educator, scholar, literary and performing artist


September 2019

Khadijah presented a short talk on Creative Placemaking in the 2nd annual Black Communities Conference in Durham, NC.


August 2019

On August 31, 2019, Khadijah's work as a playwright and musical theater creator was featured in the TMD Theater concert highlighting female musical theater creators at the Kennedy Center for the 18th annual Page to Stage Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Khadijah with members of her arts company Liberated Muse Arts Group performed songs from two musical theater productions written by Khadijah, In Her Words and When We Were Goddesses. (In photo: Khadijah with members of Liberated Muse, (l to r) Lyn Artope and Colie Aziza.)

Khadijah was selected as one of Theater Alliance's four Quadrant Playwrights. Her play "Follow the Money, This is America" was presented in a reading workshop on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Theater Alliance. Her commissioned play as a Quadrant playwright will debut in 2020.

(In photo is Khadijah with the actors and director of Theater Alliance's presentation of her play "Follow the Money, This is America". Photo by Sarah Trembath)

July 2019

From June 23-July 29, 2019, Khadijah participated in a Fulbright-Hays group project abroad to Colombia, South America through Morgan State University. 

(In photo: Khadijah with other Maryland educators during the Fulbright-Hays group project abroad (GPA) in Colombia)

June 2019

Khadijah was a speaker in the inaugural Maryland Arts Summit held at UMBC in Baltimore, MD. She presented a talk on creative placemaking and how artists and art administrators can work together in creating spaces where art happens.

May 2019


Khadijah defended her dissertation proposal on May 10, 2019. Khadijah's dissertation research studies dual-enrolled African-American homeschooled students' perceptions of preparedness for community college. 

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Khadijah recently spent five weeks in Colombia, South America as a Fulbright-Hays scholar. Read more here and view some photos below.

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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    


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


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

Teaching Artist Work with PGCAAMCC

In 2019, Khadijah began working with the Prince George's County African-American Museum and Cultural Center as a teaching artist working with students at Annapolis Road Academy Alternative High School. Annapolis Road Academy is one of two alternative academy programs in Prince George's County, MD with a primary focus on students in grades 9 through 10  who are experiencing behavioral and attendance concerns in the regular classroom setting. Khadijah used a multi-disciplinary approach with the students, teaching the history of the Piscataway native people of Maryland and the Guinea people of Africa and their early existence in Maryland during colonial times. Using the drum as a centerpiece for learning and arts creation, Khadijah led the children in activities centered on identity, culture and communication, executed through designing drums and crafting spoken word pieces.


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. A doctoral candidate at Morgan State University, Khadijah's research includes work on African American homeschooled students who are dual-enrolled in community college, creative placemaking as a tool for community building and high impact learning practices. Her expertise as a scholar and practitioner has been commissioned by the Prince George's County African-American Museum and Cultural Center, showcased at Impact Hub Baltimore and highlighted in her work with her brands Student Media Online and So Our Youth Aspire. She is founding director of the multi-disciplinary arts company Liberated Muse Arts Group.   Read More...



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