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Wed, 10.30.1935

Mahmoud El-Kati, Educator and Activist born

Mahmoud El-Kati

*Mahmoud El-Kati was born on this date in 1935. He is a Black educator, activist, lecturer, writer, and commentator on the African American experience.

From Savannah, Georgia, he is the son of Rufus Williams and Razzie Garvan Williams. El-Kati is one of 3 siblings and graduated from Booker T. Washington H. S. in Miami, Florida. El-Kati also is a graduate of Wilberforce University where he majored in contemporary African American history.

His many articles, essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, Insight News, The Spokesman, and The Nigerian Times and cover the "myth of race," Ebonics, gang activity, African Americans and sports and other issues.  El-Kati taught courses on the history of Blacks in the United States, American social movements, sports and the African American community, the social history of jazz and Afro-American folklore at MaCalaster College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also taught a course on sports and African American at Metro State University as well as an introduction to the African American experience class at North High School in Minneapolis.

He is co-founder and director of the annual Pan-African Conference at Minnesota State University Mankato, which over a 24 year period featured discussions on African thought throughout the Black Diaspora.  El-Kati is actively involved in community organizations, such as March, a Twin Cities group that formed following the Million Man March, the Minneapolis-based Stairstep Foundation and KMOJ, a community radio station in Minneapolis.

He is the recipient of the National Association of Black Storytellers' Zora Neale Hurston Award; given to people whose scholarly historical writings preserve the culture and tradition of African and African American people in America. He also recently received a Sankofa Award from the Stairstep Foundation for his long time and unwavering commitment and work with the Twin Cities' African American community.


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