Yusef A. Salaam
Yusef A. Salaam was born in Harlem, New York City and raised in Lumberton, North Carolina, where he graduated from J. H. Hayswood High School in 1965.
He writes regularly for the New York Beacon. He is a member of the National Writers Union. He was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss Why White Men Fear Black Men. The Harlemite is the recipient of several awards and grants, including a Council of the City of New York Proclamation for his contributions as an English teacher and writer.
He is currently writing a children's book, Elijah Muhammad: Builder of a Nation and a book of essays, Healing My Soul of the Word Nigger. His plays have been produced and read on stages in theatres, libraries, homes, restaurants, cultural centers, and colleges.