Traveling to Cuba this Year with Alice Walker

One of the amazing highlights of the year was meeting literary icon Alice Walker while participating in the Busboys & Poets Tribe Travel to Cuba for the unveiling of a statue of Langston Hughes to commemorate his birthday and his unique relationship with Cuban Poet Laureate Nicolas Guillien and the people of Cuba

Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman with Dr. Alice Walker in Cuba (January 2024)

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by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

On Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, Liberated Muse Arts Group performed poems from this book at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the presentation, "Voices of Freedom and Resistance," written and directed by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman. The show featured her original songs and poetry and songs and poetry by Bob Marley, Erykah Badu, Maya Angelou and Billie Holiday.

In this captivating poetry collection by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, released during the Juneteenth 2023 weekend, the power of words becomes a force to reckon with. Through poignant verses written both before and during the COVID-19 global health pandemic, Ali-Coleman weaves a tapestry of emotions that delve into the ongoing struggle for the liberation of Black people in America.

In a world that too often tries to silence voices, Ali-Coleman's poetry resounds with unyielding power, demanding to be heard. This poetry collection is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit and a celebration of the indomitable joy that can rise even in the face of adversity. It is a book that will leave an indelible mark on its readers, reminding us all of the importance of recognizing and amplifying the stories of the Black experience.

About Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman


Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman
(photo credit: Ben Dawson, Jr.)

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 director of Liberated Muse Arts Group and Black Writers for Peace and Social Justice  (BWPSJ), Dr. Ali-Coleman leads the charge in providing transformative artistic presentations for diverse audiences and engaging 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, educator, multi-genre writer, playwright, and podcaster. 

She is the current Poet Laureate of Prince George's County, Maryland.

Thank you for joining me for 2024 National Poetry Month Festivities in Prince George's County, MD!

Black Writers for Peace and Social Justice (BWPSJ) was founded in 2024 to publish work by Black writers, provide skill-building learning experiences for Black writers and offer administrative training and services for literary organizations intent on creating a writing and public engagement practice founded in tenets of peace and social justice. Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is the founding Chief Executive Officer of BWPSJ.

2023 Prince George's County, MD Poet Laureate Installation

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In 2020,  Dr. Khadijah Ali-Coleman had just finished defending her doctoral dissertation on dual enrolled African American homeschooled students and their perceptions of preparedness for community college. The COVID-19 global pandemic and quarantine had just gone into effect. She was offered an opportunity to publish her dissertation into a book. She opted to edit an anthology of voices on Black homeschooling instead. During her own research study, she had seen the lack of Black voices in the research on Black homeschooling families. As a homeschooling mother and researcher, she wanted to expand the research literature and offer an opportunity for other homeschooling parents and researchers to share their experiences and research. And, that is what this book is. Released January 2022, it is on sale today.
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