Khalid el-Hakim is the founder and curator of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, a collection of over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. Khalid has been called the "Schomburg of the Hip-Hop generation" because of his passionate commitment to carry on the rich tradition of the Black Museum Movement.
Khalid has received national and international attention for his innovative work of exhibiting Black history outside of traditional museum spaces. Most recently, he was named one of the 100 Men of Distinction for 2017 by the highly respected business magazine, Black Enterprise.
The Black History 101 Mobile Museum has exhibited in 34 states, at over 300 institutions including colleges/universities, K-12 schools, corporations, libraries, conferences, and cultural events, making it one of the most sought-after exhibits of its kind in America.
In 2013, Khalid published The Center of the Movement: Collecting Hip Hop Memorabilia, a groundbreaking book on the material artifacts of hip-hop culture. He has also worked for over twenty years in the hip hop industry as a manager/booking agent for artists such as The Last Poets, Proof of D12, Jessica Care Moore, and Professor Griff of Public Enemy. Khalid taught social studies in Detroit for 15 years and is currently a doctoral student in the College of Education at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.