Hakeem Muhammad is an African-American Muslim thinker from the Southside of Chicago. He grew up in the infamous 75th and Essex block in Chicago during the rise of drill rap.Prior to Law School at only 22 years of age, Muhammad was a lecturer in debate and argumentation at prestigious institutes at Harvard University, U.C Berkeley, and Michigan State.Witnessing friends of his die from gang-violence at early ages influenced him to establish the Black Dawah Network in order to promote Islamic virtues and ethics in inner-city Black communities. He is the president of Black Dawah Network and responsible for the management and oversight of the daily operations of the organization and execution of the mission.

Hakeem Muhammad is a Public Interest Law Scholar. He has assisted litigation to hold Police Departments accountable for acts of police brutality against Black Men and to secure access to halal for African-American Muslim prisoners. He has also done human rights law work to hold multinational corporations accountable for environmental destruction in West Africa. He was a recipient of the prestigious National Association For Criminal Defense Lawyers fellowship that pairs law students to study under top criminal defense practitioners in the country

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