Ozier Muhammad

Ozier Muhammad is an American photojournalist who has been on the staff of The New York Times since 1992. He has also worked for Ebony Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, and Newsday. He earned a B.A. in 1972 in photography from Columbia College Chicago.[1]

In 1984, Muhammad won the George Polk Award for News Photography.[2]

As a photographer for Newsday, Muhammad shared the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting with Josh Friedman and Dennis Bell "for their series on the plight of the hungry in Africa."[3]

He was selected as a photographer for the 1990 project Songs of My People.[4]

Ozier Muhammad
ChildrenKhalil Gibran Muhammad (son)
RelativesElijah Muhammad (grandfather)


Muhammad is a grandson of Elijah Muhammad, a founder of the Nation of Islam.[5]

He was formerly married to Dr. Kimberly Muhammad-Earl, a director of special projects at the Chicago Board of Education.[6] Ozier is the father of two children. His son Khalil Gibran Muhammad, born 1972, wrote "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America" and is now a professor at Harvard. Aug. 4, 2010--> He is remarried former Newsday journalist, Lisa Sara Redd. The two have a 22-year-old daughter, Pilar Muhammad, who is a senior at Quinnipiac University studying Criminal Justice.


  1. ^ "Ozier Muhammad". Western Kentucky University. October 25, 2004. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
  2. ^ The George Polk Awards for Journalism.
  3. ^ "International Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  4. ^ "Songs of My People: A Collection of Photographs from the Museum of Art and Archaeology" Archived 2010-06-01 at the Wayback Machine. University of Missouri. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
  5. ^ Muhammad, Ozier. "How Race is Lived in America: Photographer's Journal: Which Man's Army". The New York Times. 2000.
  6. ^ "WEDDINGS; Stephanie Lawson, K. G. Muhammad". The New York Times. March 1, 1998.

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1985 Pulitzer Prize

The following are the Pulitzer Prizes for 1985.

Joshua Friedman

Joshua Friedman is an American journalist who worked 32 years for newspapers and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1985. He formerly chaired the Committee to Protect Journalists and directed International Programs at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. At the journalism school he also directed the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, inaugurated in 1939, which annually recognizes outstanding coverage of the Americas (the Western hemisphere) by journalists based there. He worked at Columbia as either full-time or adjunct faculty since 1992.European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), established the annual GIPA-Friedman prize in 2012 to honor the excellence in journalism in the South Caucasus country. Friedman is on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists and served as an early chair of CPJ. He is on the advisory board of the Dart Center on Journalism and Trauma. Friedman currently serves as Vice-Chair at the Carey Institute for Global Good and is also on the advisory board of the Institute's Nonfiction Program.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Khalil Gibran Muhammad (born April 27, 1972) is an American academic. He is a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and the Radcliffe Institute. He is the former director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a Harlem-based branch of the New York Public Library system, a research facility dedicated to the history of the African diaspora. Prior to joining the Schomburg Center in 2010, Muhammad was an associate professor of history at Indiana University Bloomington.

List of Columbia College Chicago people

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List of George Polk Award winners

The George Polk Awards in Journalism are a series of American journalism awards presented annually by Long Island University in New York.

List of photojournalists

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Louis Mendes

Louis Mendes (born June 15, 1940) is a photographer from New York City who is known for his signature press camera, portraits and street portraits.


Newsday is an American daily newspaper that primarily serves Nassau and Suffolk counties and the New York City borough of Queens on Long Island, although it is also sold throughout the New York metropolitan area. As of 2009, its weekday circulation of 377,500 was the 11th-highest in the United States, and the highest among suburban newspapers. In 2012, Newsday expanded to include Rockland and Westchester county news on its website. As of January 2014, Newsday's total average circulation was 437,000 on weekdays, 434,000 on Saturdays and 495,000 on Sundays.The newspaper's headquarters is in Melville, New York, in Suffolk County.

Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting

This Pulitzer Prize has been awarded since 1942 for a distinguished example of reporting on international affairs, including United Nations correspondence. In its first six years (1942–1947), it was called the Pulitzer Prize for Telegraphic Reporting - International.

Songs of My People

Songs of My People was a book, exhibition and multimedia project created and edited by organizers Eric Easter, Dudley M. Brooks and D. Michael Cheers. The book was published in February 1992 by Little, Brown, with an introduction by famed African American photographer Gordon Parks.The project was named after an essay by Paul Robeson. It was launched in January 1990 as an attempt to record African American life through the eyes of 50 prominent African American photographers. It was defined as an effort to deliver balanced images of African Americans in response to what the organizers perceived as frequently negative portrayals of the community. During the first week of June 1990, project photographers were flown across the United States to capture various aspects of African American life. From 190,000 photographs taken for the project, 200 were selected for the book.

Of the project's photographs, 150 formed the basis of a highly attended international photo exhibition that opened in February 1992 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The exhibition traveled to the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia between April and May 1992. For a show at the California Afro-American Museum beginning in May 1992, eight photographs by D Stevens and others related to the Los Angeles riots of 1992 were added.The major tour and a second, smaller "paper" tour of 60 selected photographs was sponsored by Time Warner and shown at major museums and galleries including the Museum of the City of New York, the DuSable Museum in Chicago, and the Uffizi in Italy, among others. The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) oversaw the international tour.

Notable contributing photographers included Pulitzer Prize winners Michel du Cille, Mathew Lewis, Ozier Muhammad, John H. White, and Keith Williams. Among the other photographers involved in the project were Howard Bingham, New York Times photographer Chester Higgins, Jr., Magnum member Eli Reed, Bob Black, Jeffrey Salter, former White House photographer Sharon Farmer, Robin Tinay Sallie and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. The African-American people who appeared in the project's photographs included Zina Garrison, Quincy Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Thurgood Marshall, Gordon Parks, Colin L. Powell, Willy T. Ribbs, and Louis Wade Sullivan.Film rights to a documentary based on the project were optioned by producer Quincy Jones, but the film was never produced. After the 1992-1994 tour, D. Michael Cheers donated the photographs to the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri.The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archives houses the Songs of My People exhibition archive, 1990-1994. The archive includes approximately one-thousand working photoprints, including all images from the publication and the exhibitions. There are also extensive photographs and contact sheets created in the course of the project. Photographic subjects include Colin Powell, Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, Roy DeCarava, Muhammad Ali, Jessie Jackson, Jacob Lawerence, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Quincy Jones, Cleo Fields, Thurgood Marshall, Atallah Shabazz, David Dinkins, Marion Barry, George Clinton and Willie T. Ribbs. Many other photographs capture life as lived by ordinary African Americans.

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