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2013 The Root 100

The preeminent scholar and Schomburg Center director examines the intersection of racial politics and criminality.

  • Influence: 175.0
  • Reach: 10.21
  • Substance: 7.4
  • Media Mentions: 25
  • Internet Mentions: 288000
  • Twitter Followers: 2178
  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad

  • Director of one of the nation's most preeminent research libraries devoted to African Americans.
  • Job: Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Sector: Community
  • Twitter: @KhalilGMuhammad
  • Location: New York City
  • Age: 41
  • Bio:

    Khalil Gibran Muhammad makes a return to our list this year for his continued work with the New York Public Library's much lauded Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Muhammad, a great-grandson of Nation of Islam founder Elijah Muhammad, is the director of the Schomburg and an outspoken one at that. With his interests in the racial politics of criminal prosecution in America, Muhammad's was a leading voice on the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Muhammad is currently working on his second book, titled Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow, as a follow-up to 2010's The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America.

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