Sunni Ali

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Sunni Ali is an Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) EducationInquiry Curriculum Studies Department.He earned his Doctorate in Educational Administration from Roosevelt University andhas 24 years of high school teaching experience as social science and special educationinstructor, including 2-years as a school district administrator. Since becoming an Associate Professor at NEIU, Professor Ali has produced severalpublished articles and three texts.
About me

I Turn My Experience
into a Story.

Struggling to have an African name, Sunni Ali, I faced a hard time understanding the significance of my own culture and history. But reading about Sunni Ali, a brilliant Muslim military genius, I discovered the incredible importance of the West African Empires. The Holy Quran and the Islamic faith have played a vital role in improving black people’s overall livelihood and existence. My interest in African Muslims history and its impact on black lives inspired me to teach and open countless young minds. With such interesting experiences, I turned them into a book, so everyone could read and take something with them.

My Vision

My aim is to help everyone discover the realities of Islam and the powerful impact of the Holy Quran that has in the past and is continuing to bring vital improvements in the lives of black Americans.

My Mission

My focus revolves around educating the world about the relevance Islam holds and its historical transcendence and advancement in West Africa.

My Goal

I have embarked on a journey to deliver authentic knowledge and information about how the Holy Quran has brought forth a positive difference in the lives of black people.

Personal Info

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Ed.D. Educational Leadership & Organizational Change

Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL

Dissertation: Female Leaders in Afro-centered Schools: A Qualitative Analysis

M.A. Social Science Education

Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL


Howard University, Washington, DC

Special Education

National Louis University, Chicago, IL

Social Studies Education

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

In-Residence Scholarship

St. John’s Oxford University, Oxford, UK



Lessons Learned: Critical Conversations in Hip-Hop and Social Justice

Ali, S.(2020)

African American Images, IL.

Here’s to a Flag of Mine

Ali, S.(2018)

African American Images, IL.

My Schoolhouse Is A Ghost Town

Ali, S.(2016)

Authorhouse, IN


Illinois Type 75

Illinois Type 9

Illinois LBS1



Dissed: The Removal of Black Educators from the American Schoolhouse.

Ali, S. (Feb. 24, 2021)
World Journal of Social Science Research. Vol. 8, No. 1, 2021.

Redefining Exceptionalism: The Importance of Removing Superhero Language from Education

Ali, S (June 8, 2020).

Vol. 4, No. 3. Available at:

The Black and Hispanic/Latino Male Teacher Networked Improved Community: Promising Practices to Recruit and Retain Male Teachers of Color: Phase 1: Exploring New Pathways to Recruit and Retain

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. (October 2019).

Available at:

A Second-Class Workforce: How Neoliberal Policies and Reforms Undermined the Education Profession

Ali, S. (2019)

Vol. 8, No. 3. Available at:

How Race and Racism Empower a School’s Curriculum

Ali, S. (Sept. 2018)

IOSR Journal of Research and Method in Education, e-ISSN: 2320-7388, p-ISSN: 2320-737X volume 6, Issue 4, ver. II (Jul-Aug. 2016), pp 65-70. Available at:

A Qualitative Study: How Northeastern Illinois University’s College of Education Program Successfully Prepares Black Males with a Previous Individualized Learning Plan to Become Educators

Ali, S. (June 6, 2018)

Volume 3, Number 2, Article 7 of Returning African American Males with Learning Disabilities in Higher Education. Available at:

How Cinema Excerpts Enhance a Culturally Relevant Responsive-Value Driven Pedagogy

Ali, S. (2017)

Journal of Research Initiatives, Vol. 2: Issue 3. Available at:

The Power of Hidden Language

Ali, S. (2017)

International Journal of Modern Engineering Research (IJMER), Volume 13 (March 3, 2017), ISSN: 2249-6645.

Integrating Hip-Hop and Cultural Relevant Lessons into the Public School Curriculum

Ali, S. (2015)

Journal of Research Initiatives, Vol. 1: Issue 3, Article 4. Available at:

Popular Cultural Milieu Illustrated Through A Hip-Hop Culturally Values-Driven Pedagogy

Ali, S., & Barden, K. (2015)

In M.A. Fang He, B.D. Schultz, and W.H. Schubert (Eds.), The Sage Guide to Curriculum in Education: (407-415). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.

Merging and Creating Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Public Schools

Ali, S. & Murphy, R. (2013)

Journal of Research Initiatives, Vol.1: (1): 40-46. Available at:

My Best Sellers

If you are eager to read my other works, which are equally enlightening and self-transforming, then check them out below:


Lessons Learned: Critical Conversation in Hip Hop and Social Justice Paperback

Collected Stories

My Schoolhouse Is a Ghost Town: A Teacher's Story Through Reform

Story that I find when
i go traveling.

I enjoy working on and reading on matters that shape our societies and nations. Topics that some may find hard to have a conversation about, but they are necessary. These are some of the reads you can consider that will make your travelling smoother and enjoyable.

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Teaching Experience

Associate Professor


Since 2013 

Northeastern Illinois University
Department: Curriculum Inquiry and Development
Education Inquiry Curriculum Development Department
Inner City Studies Education Program

Associate Professor


Since 2022 – Chicago – Grow Your Own Consultant and Researcher

Social Studies/SPED Teacher


Since 2009 – Chicago High School for the Arts

Adjunct History Professor

2005-2012 – Northeastern Illinois University

Social Studies Department Chair/AVID Coordinator

2006-2009; 2001-2004 – John Hope College Prep

Social Studies Department Chair

1998-2001 – Olive Harvey Middle College

Related Professional Experience

Co-Founder and Board Member


Since 2019 – Center for Urban Teacher Development

Co-Founder and Curriculum Developer


Since 2016 – Mansa Musa International School

Program Founder

2001-2018 – Rites of Direction Mentor Program

Program Co-Founder

2006-2009 – Thriving Schools Incorporated

Adult Educator/Literacy Coordinator

1995-1998 – Ounce of Prevention Fund

Leadership Experience

Curriculum Coordinator/Instructional Coach

2004 – 2006 – Rich Township District 227

My New Release

July 7, 2020

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