Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad began her career as a reading, language arts and social studies middle school teacher. After teaching in the classroom, she served as a school district curriculum director and was responsible for K-12 literacy instruction, assessments and professional development. Muhammad received her Ph.D. in Literacy, Language and Culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests are situated in the historical foundations of literacy development and the writing practices among Black communities. Each year she holds a summer literacy institute with Black girls called, Black Girls WRITE!, which reflects literacy practices found in 19th-century African American literary societies. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including Research in the Teaching of English, Urban Education, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and Written Communication. She is currently an associate professor of Language and Literacy at Georgia State University. Read more.