Dr. Gholnecsar “Gholdy” Muhammad earned her Ph.D. in literacy, language, and culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her research has focused on the social and historical foundations of literacy in Black communities and how literacy development can be reconceptualized in classrooms today. She is also the recipient of multiple research awards from the National Council of Teachers of English and from Georgia State University and UIC. She’s an associate professor at Georgia State University, where she also serves as the director of the Urban Literacy Collaborative and Clinic. Dr. Muhammad works with teachers and youth across the U.S. and South Africa.