About the Authors
Hakeem Muhammad is a public defender whose scholarship centers upon zealous defense of African-American political dissent against structural racism. He has written hundreds of articles on the impact of institutional racism on Black America. He was awarded with the Oliver Wendell Holmes Scholar by the Massachusetts Bar Association for his work in combating police brutality against African-American communities and his commitment to criminal defense of the poor. Prior to law school, Mr. Muhammad lectured in the areas of African-American Political Thought and African-American Protest Rhetoric at Harvard University, U.C Berkeley, and Michigan State. Mr. Muhammad reverted to Islam in 2012 and in 2019 founded the Black Dawah Network which promotes Islamic values within inner-city Black America. Mr. Muhammad firmly believes that African-American Muslims taking a strong stance against racism in conducive to the dawah in Black America. He has been an outspoken critic of anti-Black propaganda being promoted in Muslim spaces and a relentless advocate in amplifying the voices of African-American Muslims from the inner-city.
Shareef Muhammad has taught Introduction to the Qu’ran and African-American history at Spelman University and George State University. He has written the book An Invitation to Islam for Black Marxists that provides an Islamic critique of Black leftist thought. Furthermore, he has lectured on the subjects of systemic racism, black political thought, and the history of Islam in America.