Abdul Alkalimat (b. Gerald McWorter) was born in Chicago’s Cook County Hospital and first lived in the Frances Cabrini Rowhouses. He was educated at Edward Jenner Elementary School, Marshall High School, the University of Illinois at Navy Pier, Roosevelt University, and the University of Chicago (Ph.D.). He has worked as chairman of the Chicago Friends of SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee), founder and chair of OBAC (Organization of Black American Culture), and founder of Timbuktu Market of New Africa Bookstore (Atlanta-GA, Nashville-TN, Riverside-CA and Chicago-IL). He is the editor of several websites—Malcolm X: A Research Site, Cyberchurch, and eBlack Studies. He edits the largest listserv in Black Studies, H-AFRO-AM. Currently he is Professor of Library and Information Science and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His latest book is “The African American Experience in Cyberspace: A Resource Guide to the Best Websites on Black Culture and History” (2003). 

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