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Educator, Artist and Media Maker

Dr. Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a committed homeschooling mother and enthusiastic co-founder of the Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES). She is an accomplished performance artist, educator and scholar who recently earned her doctorate in 2020. Dr. Ali-Coleman studied Higher Education through the Community College Leadership Program at Morgan State University. Her research includes study of 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 dissertation studied the perceptions of preparedness for college through interviews with eight African-American dual-enrolled teens who attended community college in Virginia, Texas, and Maryland while being homeschooled for high school. You can read her dissertation here. She is a multi-disciplinary artist and founder of the arts company Liberated Muse Arts Group. 

Dr. Ali-Coleman is a 2019 Fulbright-Hays scholar who spent five weeks in Colombia, South America  to study issues related to history, culture and society.The specific focus was peacebuilding, reconciliation, and national identity. Special attention was devoted to the African Colombian community and the effects of armed conflict on this community. As a participant, Dr. Ali-Coleman designed a special curriculum for her Introduction to Fine and Performance Arts class at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), where she engaged her students in creating a class exhibit showcasing the history, culture and society of Colombia and Latin America in general. Dr. Ali-Coleman also was the 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. The exhibit ran from January 2020 to March 2020 at the Prince George's County Memorial Library's Oxon Hill Branch in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

A playwright, she has had more than a dozen of her plays presented publicly in venues throughout the country, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Theater Alliance, and Baltimore Theater Project. She was selected as a Theater Alliance Quadrant Playwright in 2019 and continues to serve in that role, working on a commissioned play that will be presented as a film by Theater Alliance in 2021. She is also a singer/songwriter. Her most memorable performance was at the renowned Apollo Theatre in New York where she appeared on the television show, Showtime at the Apollo after winning a monetary award during the venue's weekly Amateur Night showcase. She is a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist awardee with music recordings found on major music seller sites.

Dr. Ali-Coleman has enjoyed a dimensional career history working as a freelance multi-media journalist, a teaching artist and college instructor which allowed her the opportunity to homeschool her daughter off and on for twelve years. She has taught Communication studies and Fine and Performing Arts at numerous institutions including 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 served as the faculty advisor for student publications and 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. Through Student Media Online, she offers courses for homeschooled students and workshops for parents homeschooling for the first time.  As an educator, she has created and led educational out-of-school time and summer bridge programs for over 20 years at numerous organizations, including Covenant House Washington, One Common Unity, Morgan State University, the Choice Program, and the Alliance for Concerned Men. She currently serves as the Director of Education and Community Engagement for Montgomery Community Media (MCM).

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman 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). She lives in Maryland with her life partner, Ben and their daughter, Khari.

 

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.