Although officially retired from Hartford, Connecticut Public Schools, Sadiq Ali is currently a language arts and male rites-of-passage instructor at Tawheed Prep School in Richmond, Virginia. As of September 2015, he serves on the school’s board of trustees and chairs its curriculum and instruction committee. He also serves on the Greater Opportunity II board of directors, established to resurrect Connecticut’s all-boys summer school initiative. In addition to serving as an educational consultant, Ali leads discussions and workshops on academic achievement and education, including a workshop on supporting disabled African-American males in the public schools. He holds a bachelor of science in education from the University of Hartford and a master in science in education from Central Connecticut State University. In 1996, Ali was inducted into the college’s Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame for high achievement in basketball.
Benjamin E. Mays Institute
by Sadiq Ali
For many young black American males, the future seems bleak at worst, uncertain at best. The challenges seem frightfully beyond the reach of society’s current institutions. Realizing the state of emergency firsthand, educator Sadiq Ali successfully established an African-American all-male school in Hartford, Connecticut. In Benjamin E. Mays Institute: Educating Young Black Males, Ali describes the creation and life of the school, its successes and struggles. Perhaps most importantly, Ali uses his knowledge and experience to address ways that others around the nation can use education to improve the future for today’s young black men.