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LEARNING-CENTERED EDUCATOR, SCHOLAR, CURATOR & MULTI-DISCIPLINARY ARTIST

My mission as a creative is to transform spaces into arts spaces where people can learn and grow together. Art is transformative. My vision as an artist has allowed me the opportunity to use art to teach, mobilize, activate and bring together people of all walks of life. I will continue to share my words in communion with all-- from schoolchildren as I use my poetry to teach history, social skills and life lessons to seniors enrolled in a poetry workshop of mine, learning to articulate their thoughts and emotions through rhyme and verse. I travel this world with art as my sharpest and most valuable tool. I am a poet of and for the people.

                                                                              -Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

About 

Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a visionary cultural curator with over two decades of experience transforming spaces into vibrant centers of artistic and educational engagement.  As the founding CEO of Black Writers for Peace and Social Justice  (BWPSJ), Dr. Ali-Coleman leads the charge in providing transformative learning experiences for writers dedicated to advancing principles of peace and social justice through their work. Her commitment to empowering voices on the margins is evident in her multifaceted career as an award-winning performance artist, multi-genre writer, playwright, and filmmaker. She is the current Poet Laureate of Prince George's County, Maryland.

Dr. Ali-Coleman's professional writing career began as a freelance journalist in the late 1990's, writing for community publications such as The Washington Informer, The Baltimore Times, The Afro, The District Chronicles, and East of the River, published by Capital Community News. She covered local and national news specific to education, youth and the arts. Throughout the 2000's she has written professionally for digital publications, including Ebony, Soul Train.com, Honey Magazine, SoulBounce.com, The Grade, Romper and more. She has covered issues ranging from education and parenting to music and politics.

Her creative work as a poet and playwright began flourishing in the early 2000's, leading to her work being showcased on prestigious stages and platforms, including the John F. Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Baltimore Theatre Project, and Anacostia Arts Center. She is the author of the poetry collection The Summoning of Black Joy (2023), the children's book Mariah's Maracas (2018), and co-editor of Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice and Popular Culture (2022). She is currently editing the book, Homeschooling Black Children on a College Pathway that is scheduled to be released in 2025 by Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars, LLC (BFHES) and will feature chapters written by a half dozen homeschooling parents.

A trailblazer in arts and education, Dr. Ali-Coleman founded the multidisciplinary arts group Liberated Muse in 2008 and co-founded the national education research group BFHES during the COVID-19 quarantine in 2020. BFHES has provided vital support to over 3000 families, offering annual teach-ins and workshops. 

As a teaching artist and educator, Dr. Ali-Coleman has created and led educational programs for over 20 years at institutions such as The Hurston Wright Foundation and Montgomery Community Media (MCM). Her innovative approach to education includes the development of virtual media training curricula, youth mentorship programs, and media literacy initiatives.

Dr. Ali-Coleman holds a doctorate in education from Morgan State University, a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Towson University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She is a professional member of The Dramatists Guild, The Recording Academy, and the Association of African American Museums.  A recipient of numerous grants and fellowships for her writing, performance, and teaching, Dr. Ali-Coleman's accolades include awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council, and Poets & Writers. Her dedication to amplifying marginalized voices and fostering creative expression continues to inspire and empower communities nationwide.


"We cannot create what we can't imagine"
                          -Lucille Clifton

Award-Winning College Professor
From 2011 until the COVID-19 global quarantine in 2020, Dr. Ali-Coleman served as teaching faculty, teaching Communication Studies and Fine and Performing Arts courses at area community colleges and universities, including Northern Virginia Community College, Prince George's Community College, Community College of Baltimore County, Morgan State University and Montgomery College. She won numerous grant awards for her work as an instructor, including a 2015 Prince George's Community College Foundation Impact Grant which allowed her to implement the Mid-Atlantic Communication and Media Arts conference. This led to her later creating the brand StudentMediaOnline.com. In 2022, she served as teaching faculty at the University of Maryland in the English department's Professional Writing Program.

 

Homeschooling  Research & Community Work

Dr. Ali-Coleman homeschooled her own daughter off and on for 13 years in addition to being a researcher on homeschooling in the Black community. Her doctoral dissertation research was published in 2020 and is titled, Dual Enrolled African American Homeschooled Students' Perceptions of Preparedness for Community College. She crafted a short film about her homeschooling experience and her research that was featured in the 5th annual Black Sustainability Summit. Click the button below to watch.

Learn more HERE about her education group Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars, LLC and the companion resource group for parents.

Sharing Knowledge...

Teaching Artist, Curator & Scholar

Dr. Ali-Coleman served from 2019-2020 Scholar-in-Residence at Prince George’s County African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC) where she also served as a teaching artist. She curated and presented her family history and that of four other families through the exhibit Flying Towards Freedom during her time at PGAAMCC.

As a teaching artist, she worked 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. Dr. Ali-Coleman 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, she led the children in activities centered on identity, culture and communication, executed through designing drums and crafting spoken word pieces. She also facilitated a tribal drum workshop for families in the museum during the Kwanzaa season.

She has designed curricula for parents, educators and organizations in various subjects.