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faces&voices Cultural Celebrations

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration


Grand River Center 500 Bell Street, Dubuque, Iowa
7:00 a.m. Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Celebration

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The Dream of Racial Resilience and Equity


Dr. Farris Muhammad is the director of the Multicultural Family Center, an adjunct sociology professor at the University of Dubuque, and a certified intercultural competency trainer for the City of Dubuque. He earned his Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy, as well as an Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Certificate from the University of Georgia.

His 237-page dissertation, which focuses on providing voice to marginalized groups through narrative inquiry, is titled The Educational Resilience of African-American Males in Detroit: A Reflective Analysis of Lived Experiences. Much of his research has focused on Black males overcoming trauma and beating the odds. He has published such papers as African American Resilience: The Need for Policy in Escaping the Trap of Special Education (2016), The Educational Resilience of Black Males: An Ecological Analysis of Inner-city Students (2014), and has presented at numerous national conferences concentrating on educational access and equity, educational leadership, and multicultural educational policy that impacts marginalized groups.

Dr. Muhammad has been recognized by the University Council of Education Administration as a Barbara Jackson Scholar for his work in the field of education. In addition, he was awarded the prestigious Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore fellowship through the Research Institute on African Americans and Education.

Download a PDF of the event program.


City of Dubuque
Dubuque Community Schools

and these community partners:
Community Foundation of
Greater Dubuque
Dubuque Branch NAACP
First Baptist Church, Dubuque
John Deere Dubuque Works

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700 Locust Street Ste 195
Dubuque, Iowa 52001-4709