Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

| learning-centered educator, literary and performing artist



August 2019

The third annual Word Becomes Action Festival launches Theater Alliance’s 2019-2020 season with six new works that ask audiences to confront the revolutions and moments of resilience within our daily lives.  Shining the spotlight on local theater artists, Word Becomes Action offers a dynamic glimpse into the themes and topics explored throughout Theater Alliance’s main-stage season.For the first time, Theater Alliance is fusing their commitment to developing new work with their focus on community-building. Theater Alliance's creative director Raymond Caldwell assigned a different quadrant four different playwrights, giving them the time and resources to mine their geographic area for story to later present readings of all four brand-new scripts during the run of The Blackest Battle at the end of the season. To give audiences a flavor of these four local writers, each playwright has had readings of previously-written plays during the Word Becomes Action Festival. Four local playwrights. Four areas of Washington DC. Khadijah was selected as a Quadrant Playwright and 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 "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. During this trip, she, along with 14 Maryland educators participated in over 100 lectures, field trips and excursions to gather cultural artifacts and researched-based information necessary to build curricula that includes information on the country of Colombia. The lectures highlighted the country's work toward peace and reconciliation during the more than 50 years of armed conflict taking place in the country. Khadijah will be speaking at different events throughout Maryland to share her information collected and developed during and after this trip.

(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.

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)



Older News:

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)