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Zaheer Ali

Brooklyn Historical Society
Oral Historian

Zaheer Ali is the Oral Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society, a nationally recognized urban history center founded in 1863. As Brooklyn Historical Society's Oral Historian, he records, collects, archives, and curates the lived histories, testimonies, memoirs, and narrations of Brooklynites from all walks of life. He is currently directing Brooklyn Historical Society's Muslims in Brooklyn, a two-year public history project designed to amplify the stories of Brooklyn’s Muslim communities and contextualize those stories in the broader history of Brooklyn. In addition, he co-hosts and co-produces Flatbush + Main, Brooklyn Historical Society's monthly podcast that explores Brooklyn's past and present through scholarly discussions, historical archives, and oral histories. Previously, he served under the direction of the late Manning Marable, as project manager and senior researcher of the Malcolm X Project (MXP) at Columbia University, and contributed as a lead researcher for Marable's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (2011).