Khalid el-Hakim

Khalid el-Hakim

Educator, Activist, and Founder of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum



Dr. 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. Dr. el-Hakim 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.

He has received national and international attention for his innovative work of exhibiting Black history outside of traditional museum spaces. Most recently Dr. el-Hakim was given the distinct honor of being named among the Change Makers for NBC Universal’s Erase the Hate campaign and was one of the 100 Men of Distinction for Black Enterprise magazine.

As the nation's premiere Black history traveling exhibit, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum has exhibited in 40 states, at over 500 institutions including colleges and universities, K-12 schools, corporations, libraries, conferences, and cultural events, making it the most sought-after exhibit of its kind in the country.

In 2013, he published The Center of the Movement: Collecting Hip Hop Memorabilia, a groundbreaking book on the material artifacts of hip-hop culture. Dr. El-Hakim has also worked for over twenty years in the hip-hop industry as a manager and/or booking agent for artists such as The Last Poets, Proof of D12, Jessica Care Moore, and Professor Griff of Public Enemy. He also currently represents a number of speakers and artists as part of SpeakOut.

Dr. el-Hakim taught middle school social studies in Detroit for 15 years and recently founded the Michigan Hip Hop Archive which opens on the campus of Western Michigan University this year. He received his Ph.D. from College of Education at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

Khalid el-Hakim brings the Black History 101 Mobile Museum to your campus and community and can provide these lectures and workshops:

The Black Museum Movement in America Beginning with the first Black museums on the campuses of Howard and Wilberforce in the late 1800's to the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., this presentation provides insight into the significance and importance of Black museums in America.

Using Hip Hop Artifacts as an Inquiry-Based Learning Approach to Teach Black History Using historical artifacts through the lens of hip hop culture, this intriguing workshop provides students space to develop their own questions regarding the material objects presented in the Black History 101 Mobile Museum. Inquiry-based learning is a student-centered approach that Khalid believes allows students to ask questions that lead to a deeper understanding of hip-hop culture and its connection to broader Black social, cultural, and political movements.

The Truth Hurts: Black History, Honesty, and Healing the Racial Divide Using original artifacts from the archive of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, Khalid will facilitate an engaging dialogue, inviting the audience to look honestly at the history of racism in America and begin the process of healing.

Teaching Black History through Material Culture Khalid lends his unique perspective and expertise as a former social studies teacher to invite the audience to participate in hands-on activities, using artifacts to delve into a deeper understanding and appreciation of Black history and culture.

The Black History 101 Mobile Museum: A Model for Inclusion and Accessibility for Exhibits in Diverse Spaces For the past 12 years, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum has gained an exemplary national and international reputation as a traveling exhibit that has transformed the way visitors think about the museum experience. Khalid walks the audience through the process of developing this grassroots approach of educating the community about Black history through his philosophy of a visitor-centered, inclusionary and accessible museum experience.

  Topic Areas

African Americans/Black
High School Programs
Race/Racial Justice/Racism
Hip Hop

  Related Links


American Black Journal (Black History 101 Mobile Museum)


Mobile Museum 101


After The Nudge Podcast Ep. 3 | Black History On The Go | Toyota

Khalid breaths life into history with his exhibits and storytelling. His mastery of the historical timeline and ability to connect with audiences makes him ideal for students, faculty, staff and administrators. I have booked him at every institution I've worked for in the past decade.
Lasana O. Hotep Dean, Student Equity and Support Programs, Skyline College, CA

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