Black Family Homeschool Educators & Scholars (BFHES)
Black Family Homeschool Educators and Scholars (BFHES), LLC was started in April 2020 by Black homeschool researchers Dr. Khadijah Ali-Coleman and Dr. Cheryl Fields-Smith. Dr. Ali-Coleman is currently the managing director of the organization and the company is formally registered in Maryland although our content and activities reach a national audience. BFHES is a pioneering educational research group that integrates research and community practice through the publication of scholarly work and engagement of homeschool practitioners. We are excited to introduce our MotherBoard in January 2022.
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In summer 2020, we implemented the inaugural BFHES Virtual Teach-In, featuring over 20 speakers and attracting over 200 participants for a seven day event. In tandem with our event, we coordinated a call for submissions for our forthcoming book, Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice & Popular Culture. We selected over 12 authors who have contributed a compelling chapter each for this publication which will be released in 2022. In September 2020, the BFHES organization became the editorial team managing the Information Age Publishing series, Contemporary Perspectives on Black Homeschooling. Our book, Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice & Popular Culture, will be the first book published in the series.
BFHES continues to engage with our community through our podcast titled, Contemporary Perspectives on Black Homeschooling and maintaining a burgeoning community of homeschool educators via Facebook. As of this writing, the group has surpassed 1800 members since its start in July 2020.
Our mission is to provide ongoing community engagement regarding black homeschooling through (1) the publication of scholarly and trade work on the topic, and (2) the production of community events targeting black homeschool familites and entrepreneurs engaged in the practice of black homeschooling.
BFHES is the first US-based research and education group dedicated specifically to the topic of black family homeschooling.
Dr. Ali-Coleman (right) and her daughter who is currently an undergraduate college student in California, formerly homeschooled
Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, Ed.D.Director of Black Family Homeschool Educators & Scholars (BFHES)
Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, Ed.D. is a Maryland-based homeschooling mother (who graduated her daughter from their homeschool in 2021), a cultural curator, community organizer, nationally recognized speaker, and writer. Her work centers the social and political life experiences, history, and culture of the people of the African diaspora. She is author of the children's book Mariah's Maracas and has poetry and short stories in numerous books, including The Fire Inside: Poems and Stories from Zora's Den. Her academic work has been published in The Journal of Higher Education Politics & Economics, and the book Afrofuturism in Black Panther: Gender, Identity and the Remaking of Blackness. Her journalistic bylines have appeared in more than a dozen publications, including Ebony, Romper, The Grade, The Washington Informer and The Afro. She has been quoted in the media as a homeschooling expert, interviewed by Slate, Wired, The Washington Post, NBC and more. She is co-editor of the book Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice and Popular Culture.
Dr. Ali-Coleman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (African American Studies and Mass Media) and a minor in Writing from the University of Maryland Baltimore, County; a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Towson University and a doctorate in education from Morgan State University in Higher Education/Community College Leadership. Her dissertation research study was titled, Dual Enrolled African American Homeschooled Students' Perceptions of Preparedness for Community College. Learn more by visiting her website.