Ozier Muhammad

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Ozier Muhammad
ChildrenKhalil Gibran Muhammad (son)
RelativesElijah Muhammad (grandfather)

Ozier Muhammad is an American photojournalist who has been on the staff of The New York Times since 1992. He has also worked for Ebony Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, and Newsday. He earned a B.A. in 1972 in photography from Columbia College Chicago.[1]

In 1984, Muhammad won the George Polk Award for News Photography.[2]

As a photographer for Newsday, Muhammad shared the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting with Josh Friedman and Dennis Bell "for their series on the plight of the hungry in Africa."[3]

He was selected as a photographer for the 1990 project Songs of My People.[4]


Muhammad is a grandson of Elijah Muhammad, a founder of the Nation of Islam.[5]

He was formerly married to Dr. Kimberly Muhammad-Earl, a director of special projects at the Chicago Board of Education.[6] Ozier is the father of two children. His son Khalil Gibran Muhammad, born 1972, wrote "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America" and is now a professor at Harvard. Aug. 4, 2010--> He is remarried former Newsday journalist, Lisa Sara Redd. The two have a 22-year-old daughter, Pilar Muhammad, who is a senior at Quinnipiac University studying Criminal Justice.


  1. ^ "Ozier Muhammad". Western Kentucky University. October 25, 2004. Retrieved April 25, 2010.
  2. ^ The George Polk Awards for Journalism.
  3. ^ "International Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  4. ^ "Songs of My People: A Collection of Photographs from the Museum of Art and Archaeology" Archived 2010-06-01 at the Wayback Machine. University of Missouri. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
  5. ^ Muhammad, Ozier. "How Race is Lived in America: Photographer's Journal: Which Man's Army". The New York Times. 2000.
  6. ^ "WEDDINGS; Stephanie Lawson, K. G. Muhammad". The New York Times. March 1, 1998.

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