WSU anthropology department's Dr. Tareq A. Ramadan lands $380,850 grant for non-profit to restore Inkster home of civil rights leader, Malcolm X

Dr. Tareq Ramadan was awarded a $380,850 grant to restore the one-time home of social revolutionary and civil rights leader, Malcolm X. The historic home is also located in Inkster and was owned by Malcolm's brother, Wilfred, whom he lived within the early 1950s. It is during this time that Malcolm Little adopted the name Malcolm 'X', marking the beginning of his life in the public spotlight.

Ramadan is a current interdisciplinary part-time faculty member who works in both the Department of Anthropology and the Near Eastern program of the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Wayne State in 2017. Dr. Ramadan is also the research manager and grant-writer for the local, Inkster-based community outreach and non-profit organization, Project We, Hope, Dream & Believe.

The grant will be used to renovate and transform the home into a museum that will showcase and highlight Malcolm's life and contributions. The Anthropology Department will also be partnering with Dr. Ramadan to conduct archaeological excavations at the site in the coming months. It should also be noted that Malcolm had a personal connection to Wayne State where he gave a speech in room 101 at State Hall on Oct. 22, 1963.

This renovation and preservation project is supported through an African American Civil Rights grant, provided by the Historic Preservation Fund, as administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior.

Dr. Tareq Ramadan sitting on the porch of Malcolm X's Inkster home.
Dr. Tareq Ramadan sitting on the porch of Malcolm X's Inkster home.

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