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Khaleelah I. L. Harris serves as the Lead Curator and Manager of Mehari Sequar Gallery in Washington, D.C. She’s curated over 5 shows at the gallery, scouting domestic and international talent to present exceptional fine art to Washington, DC's fine arts community. Her focus is to provide nuance for conversations of contemporary social and political conundrums through local, national, and international perspective from fine artists of the African Diaspora. 


 She holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion & Philosophy from Bethune-Cookman University. Khaleelah is a also Du Boisian Scholar and was a 2019-2020

W. E. B. Du Bois Fellow at Umass Amherst


Khaleelah's research investigates the project of identity formation and self-making practices, and explores the meaning of "intimacy and leisure" for middle/upper class Black Women from the Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance. Through this, she seeks to develop cultural taxonomies and archival standards through which we can better determine and record how this particular group of Black Women enacted beautiful experiments with their lives..


Research Interests:

19th/20th Century African American Women's Cultural History; African American Women's Taste-making, Self-making, and Domestic Pleasures; Intimacy & Leisure; Race, Gender, and Class 

        W. E. B. Du Bois; African American Religious History / Thought; African American Freethought

Khaleelah Harris' CV



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