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Khalil Gibran Muhammad

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Historian
Library Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Tacos
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/27/1972
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Historian
Library Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Tacos
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/27/1972
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad was born on April 27, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois to Ozier Muhammad and Kimberly Muhammad-Earl. He completed his B.A. degree in economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1993, and his Ph.D. degree in history at Rutgers University in 2004.

Initially intending to work in finance, Muhammad worked at Deloitte-Touche for almost two years before beginning his Ph.D. work in history. Following his graduation from Rutgers University in 2004, Muhammad worked as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice for two years. He then joined the faculty of Indiana University in Bloomington as an associate professor of history, where he taught for five years, focusing his teaching and research on the ideas of black criminality following the American Civil War. In 2011, Muhammad was selected as the next director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. While there, Muhammad sought to expand the center’s outreach and funding, focusing particularly on programming to attract younger audiences. In late 2015, Muhammad announced he was leaving the Schomburg Center to join the faculty of Harvard’s Kennedy School as professor of history, race, and public policy. He was also hired as the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Muhammad released The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America in 2010, which was awarded the John Hope Franklin Publication Prize from the American Studies Association in 2011. Since its publication, he is a frequent contributor on the topic, including an interview with Bill Moyers in 2012 and 2016. Muhammad also delivered lectures at the City University of New York, Rutgers University, Indiana University, and many others. Muhammad’s commentary on the racial past of the United States and contemporary policing and criminality was published in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio and others. While under his direction in 2015, the Schomburg Center won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

Muhammad and his wife, Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, have three children: Gibran Mikkel, Jordan Grace, and Justice Marie.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 1, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his mother's racial identity
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his father's relationship to the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about the schism in the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls his father's frustration with the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his parents' relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about his family's legacy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his earliest childhood memory
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his relationship with his father's family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his relationship with his father's family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about his early experiences of religion
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad remembers Arthur Dixon Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls his early academic success
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad remembers working at Hyde Park Computers
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  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls meeting Robert Earl Jones
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad remembers the music of his teenage years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about the violence in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about the origin of his name
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad remembers Ralph A. Austen
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes segregation in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls his early interest in journalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about growing up during an era of increased opportunity for African Americans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his father's community engagement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls his decision to attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about moving to the East Coast
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls the water buffalo incident at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his protest against a racist student journalist, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his protest against a racist student journalist, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his protest against a racist student journalist, pt. 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls his graduation from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about his experiences during college
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls the arbitration of his assault by a campus security officer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about his position at Deloitte and Touche
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his decision to attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls preparing for his doctoral studies in history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about the topic of his dissertation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad remembers conducting the research for his dissertation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad remembers joining the faculty of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his community in Bloomington, Indiana, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls how he came to direct the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about his experiences as an instructor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad remembers his fellowship at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about studying criminal justice in the early 20th century
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls studying racial discrimination in the criminal justice system
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes the early responses to 'The Condemnation of Blackness'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about his appointment to Harvard's Kennedy School
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls his interview at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls his interview at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls his start as director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his generation of African American leaders
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  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad remembers his first year as director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his management style
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls the renovation of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes the leadership of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad talks about expanding the audience of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls hosting an event with Chimamanda Adichie and Zadie Smith
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his influence as director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes the legacy of Jean Blackwell Hutson and Howard Dodson
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls his decision to leave the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls his decision to leave the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad recalls his decision to leave the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, pt. 3
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad reflects upon his tenure at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his professorship at the John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his goals as a scholar
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Khalil Gibran Muhammad describes his hopes for the African American community