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Mujahid Ramadan

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Consulting Chief Executive
Imam

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Ramadan
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
With Every Difficulty, There Is Relief.

Birthplace

Born:
11/17/1951
Birth Location:
Lake Providence, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Consulting Chief Executive
Imam

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Ramadan
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
With Every Difficulty, There Is Relief.

Birthplace

Born:
11/17/1951
Birth Location:
Lake Providence
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Biography

Diversity and human relations consultant Imam Mujahid Ramadan was born November 17, 1951, on the outskirts of Lake Providence, Louisiana. Raised by his stepfather and his mother, Flenorte and Elizabeth Harris, Ramadan attended Carroll Elementary School in Louisiana. When his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, Ramadan attended Kit Carson Elementary, J.D. Smith Junior High School, and graduated from Valley View High School in 1970. Ramadan was involved as a youth, in his church, as a youth member of the NAACP, and later as a member of the Black Panther Party. Ramadan attended Northeastern Oklahoma A & M Junior College, but dropped out and returned to Las Vegas. Ramadan worked at the West Side Boy’s Club where a hydrocephalic youngster named John “Bookie” Dorsey inspired him to return to school. Ramadan earned his B.A. degree in sociology from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 1976. He later became director of the West Side Boys Club.

Ramadan embraced Islam in 1975, took a Muslim name in 1981, and eventually became resident Imam of the Masjid As-Sabur in Las Vegas, Nevada, and vice-chair of the American Muslim Council (AMC). Ramadan served in the probation department of Clarke County Juvenile Services and became a policy advisor to the Las Vegas Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, and a number of elected officials including Senator Harry Reid. In 1989, Ramadan was appointed Nevada State Drug Policy Director by Governor Bill Miller. Ramadan was later appointed CEO of Nevada Partners Organization, Inc.; he also served as a national executive board member of the National Conference for Community and Justice.

Ramadan later became a member of the local interfaith council and developed a reputation for being an expert in diversity awareness training. Ramadan served as an advisor to the President’s Faith Community Initiative; a board member of the Inter-Faith Council for Workers Justice; a participant in the National Leadership Summit on Race Relations and America's Public Education System; and a trainer for the Justice Department Violent Crimes Program.

In 1983, Ramadan founded the diversity training firm, M.R. Consulting, later renamed Ramadan Ballard and Associates. Ramadan went on to serve as CEO of Ballard Communications, which he founded in 2001.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Mujahid Ramadan's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Mujahid Ramadan lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Mujahid Ramadan talks about Emmett Till and the Deacons for Defense and Justice
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his family's involvement in the Deacons for Defense and Justice
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Mujahid Ramadan reflects upon the philosophy of nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his mother's personality and profession
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his father and brother's deaths
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Mujahid Ramadan recalls his childhood in Lake Providence, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Mujahid Ramadan remembers his teachers at Carroll Elementary School in Lake Providence, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Mujahid Ramadan describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his siblings and stepfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his stepfather's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Mujahid Ramadan recalls growing up in segregated Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Mujahid Ramadan remembers the schools he attended in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Mujahid Ramadan reflects upon the differences between Nevada and Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Mujahid Ramadan recalls his high school football coach, Overton Curtis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his childhood influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Mujahid Ramadan describes the African American community in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his experiences at Northeastern Oklahoma Junior College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his literary interests and the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Mujahid Ramadan remembers the Boys Club of Clark County in Nevada
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Mujahid Ramadan recalls being hired at the Boys Club of Clark County
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Mujahid Ramadan remembers the young men at the Boys Club of Clark County
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Mujahid Ramadan recalls meeting his wife, Sumayah Ramadan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Mujahid Ramadan describes what attracted him to Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his conversion to Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his early uncertainties about Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Mujahid Ramadan describes reconciling his African American identity and Islamic beliefs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Mujahid Ramadan explains what his Islamic name means
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Mujahid Ramadan explains the history of the Arabic language
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Mujahid Ramadan reflects upon issues in Islam, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Mujahid Ramadan reflects upon issues in Islam, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Mujahid Ramadan describes schisms within the Nation of Islam and Warith Deen Mohammed
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Mujahid Ramadan explains the difference between American Muslims and Arab Muslims, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Mujahid Ramadan explains the difference between American Muslims and Arab Muslims, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Mujahid Ramadan explains the difference between American Muslims and Arab Muslims, pt. 3
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Mujahid Ramadan explains how he became a cultural diversity specialist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Mujahid Ramadan talks about spirituality versus religion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his role as drug policy director for the State of Nevada
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his role at Nevada Partners
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his move from Nevada Partners to Ballard Communications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Mujahid Ramadan describes the influx of African American professionals in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Mujahid Ramadan describes the different cultural experiences for minorities in America
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Mujahid Ramadan describes unique features of the African American experience, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Mujahid Ramadan describes unique features of the African American experience, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Mujahid Ramadan reflects upon the need to make America an inclusive nation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Mujahid Ramadan reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Mujahid Ramadan reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Mujahid Ramadan reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Mujahid Ramadan describes his mother's response to his success
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Mujahid Ramadan describes how he would like to be remembered