Tariq Touré, a native son of West Baltimore has produced art and advocacy that has reached across hearts and continents.
Touré's poetry and prose covers Social justice, Black Muslim Narratives, Arts and Current events. Among publications that have featured his work is Muslim Matters, Salon, Washington Post, Al Jazeera and Sapelo Square.
Black Seeds, Toure's debut collection of poetry is ranked among the top in African American Poetry and Literature on Amazon and the winner of Best Poetry Book of Baltimore in 2016 by City Paper Magazine. Touré has been a featured lecturer/performer at Howard University, Princeton University, Georgetown University, among many others. He has been regarded by legendary hip hop artist Black Thought as the Amiri Baraka of our era. Imam Omar Suleiman has identified Tariq as a vessel of the Muslim community.
In 2017, Toure's writing was contributed to Gordon Parks' Fellow and Times Magazine featured Photojournalist Devin Allen's book and exhibit, A Beautiful Ghetto which was nominated for an NAACP image award. Touré is the author of 2 Parts Oxygen, his sophomore collection exploring faith, family, and fatherhood.
Executive director of the Muslim Wellness Foundation Kameelah Rashad calls 2 Parts Oxygen an "Emotional Tour de Force."
Since 2008, Touré has worked administratively for programs with at-risk populations in the Baltimore and D.C. region. Touré is the acting Vice President of MEN (Male Enterprise Network) an organization created in 2013 to foster better professional relationships among male minority professionals.
Touré is the curator of two flagship events IRAH (Interfaith Rally Against Hate), created to convene and combat hateful stigma, and MENPAS (MEN Professional Athlete Summit), developed to better position minority athletes for careers beyond physical play. Touré holds a Master's of Social Work in Community Administration and Policy from Howard University.
Touré has maintained a significant online presence among millennial thinkers steering conversations and thought on critical issues amassing on average 3.5 Million impressions monthly throughout Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Touré co-facilitated with national organization Muslim ARC, the internet dialogue under the hashtag #BlackInMSA, highlighting issues of exclusion in Muslim Student Associations. Touré is also the author of hashtag #NoJusticeNoLeBron and #OlympicSitout, both used to convey the power of athletes in discourse around social issues.
AWARDS & HONORS
Alumni Excellence Award, Bowie State University
American Muslim Civic Leadership (AMCLI) Alumni
MPower100's Muslims fighting for Social Justice, MPower Change
HuffPost NUR 25, Huffington Post
HBCU Top 30 under 30 Alumni, HBCU Buzz
Best Poetry Book of the Year 2016, Baltimore City Paper
Black Book list must-have, Black Creatives Network
LaunchGooder of the Week, Launch Good