Richard B. Muhammad is the editor-in-chief of The Final Call, the only nationally distributed weekly newspaper in Black America. The Final Call (www.finalcall.com) is published by the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam and follows in the tradition of Muhammad Speaks, the groundbreaking Nation of Islam publication of the 1960s and 1970s. Muhammad became editor of The Final Call in 2009. A former managing editor and East Coast Correspondent, he opened the newspaper’s East Coast Bureau in Washington, D.C., in the 1980s. His mentor was the late editor Abdul Wali Muhammad.
He has presented at the National Association of Black Journalists national convention, the National Newspaper Publishers Association--Black Press convention, conferences, spoken at Mosque Maryam, the Nation of Islam headquarters mosques and other mosques in America and South Africa. He has trained youth in journalism and media literacy. He has a passion for racial and social justice. He has worked as communications director for national non-profit organizations, as an advocate for independent media, and a freelance writer.
He was in Ferguson, Mo., during the uprising following the death of Mike Brown, Jr., and in Baltimore after the tragic death of Freddie Gray. He has traveled to cities across the country and to Ghana, South Africa, Iran, Algeria, Western Sahara, Jamaica, Trinidad and Haiti. He covered President Obama’s historic first trip to Africa, Black organizations, national politics and major political conventions.
His award-winning column Straight Words was started in November 1999. Richard Muhammad’s work has been carried by the Progressive Media Project, the 200 member National Newspaper Publishers Association, the Black Press of America; BlackVoices.Com, AlterNet, Sojo.Net, and leading Internet sites; and in Canada. He is a frequent guest on radio and television shows and comments on current events, race and society, and provides media analysis. Muhammad has been a guest lecturer for a graduate course on media bias, race, the Nation of Islam and alternative media. An essay and photographs by Muhammad are included in "Million Man March/Day of Absence, A Commemorative Anthology " edited and published by Haki Madhubuti, and Dr. Maulana Karenga.
Muhammad grew up in Baltimore, Md., and graduated from Morgan State University, earning a BA in English. He lives in Chicago and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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