FreedomRider

Khafre K. Abif is the Founder/Executive Director of Cycle for Freedom. Cycle for Freedom, a 2,028- mile bike trip from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada, Spring 2011. His goal is to raise awareness about the seriousness of HIV/AIDS in black communities throughout the U.S. by retracing the path of those who fled slavery and those that provided shelter. Abif's ride is to honor the bravery of the thousands of Black Americans living with HIV. The bike tour route: http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/undergroundrailroad.cfm. Mr. Abif also serves Community Educator/Test Counselor for ONE Life of Pittsburgh, PA. Khafre currently serves on the Pennsylvania HIV Prevention Community Planning Group. Khafre has served as the Community Co-Chair for the New Jersey HIV Prevention Community Planning Group where he ensured PIR for the group. Khafre has been thriving with HIV for 20 years and is a father of two teenage boys. As a librarian in his first career Khafre was the first recipient of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Dr. John C. Tyson Emerging Leader Award. As the Director of the Langston Hughes Library for the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) at the former Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee he was responsible for meeting the library’s mission to serve as the intellectual commons of the movement to Leave No Child Behind®. Haley Farm is CDF’s center for spiritual renewal, character, and leadership development –a place where all generations can come and reconnect and teach and nurture and be nurtured and prepare for saving our children and families. Mr. Abif is the former Manager of Children’s Services, at the Brooklyn Public Library, New York. The Brooklyn Public Library is the fifth largest public library system in the United States and Mr. Abif is among the first African American men to manage children’s services for a large urban public library. His roots in higher education began at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida. Mr. Abif received his master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992. Mr. Abif has begun a promising career in publishing with early professional efforts which include co-editing with Teresa Y. Neely, In Our Own Voices: The Changing Face of Librarianship (Scarecrow Press, 1996); “Afrikan-Centered Scholar: At Work in the Children’s Room” in the same volume; “At Work in the Children’s Room: Building Literacy, Building Families” appears in Poor People and Library Services edited by Karen Venturella (McFarland & Co., 1998). I have served as Associate Editor for Black Issues Book Review’s, Children’s Bookshelf for three years. This forthcoming works include Raising Kazembe, and Cornbread, Fish & Collard Greens: Prayers, Poems and Affirmation for People Living with HIV/AIDS.

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