Sister Nurah Muhammad, 2019 Camden County MLK Freedom Medal Winner

Sister Nurah Muhammad founded Enlightening, Empowering, Engaging: E3 for Young Women and Girls as a means to help adolescents combat feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem impacting the adolescent population. She is an integral part of Camden’s Youth Violence Prevention plan, and she co-facilitates the Camden Youth Leadership and Readiness Program. She is a volunteer chaplain with the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission and has been a youth advocate over 10 years.

Sister Nurah serves as the community connections coordinator of M.E.L. Center, Inc., where she facilitates programs that enrich and engage the community. She is also vice-chair of the Camden County Cultural Awareness Commission.

Sister Nurah hosts the “Nurah Speaks” podcast, a weekly podcast that tugs on the soul and consciousness of the Black Community, and she enlightens readers via her blog “Nurah Writes.”  

The greatest roles Sister Nurah has are wife, mother, and community ‘actionist.’ Her greatest sorrows are the suffering of youth in a society that devalues them. Therefore, she is a committed community servant and believes foremost in “Being the Movement.”  Through her workshops, keynotes, trainings, and mentorship, Sister Nurah delivers her own brand of enlightenment, empowerment, and engagement to help coming generations create outcomes best suited for their goals.

Sister Nurah is a graduate of Rutgers University-Camden, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is the recipient of multiple honors for her outstanding community service. Awards include “Circle of Winners” honoree by the Anointed News Journal, “Distinguished Woman Award” presented by former Mayor Dana L. Redd and Camden City, “Mary Ball Community Service Award” presented by the Dare to Dream Committee, “Bold Award for Human Dignity” presented by Lynita Mitchell Blackwell and Bold Magazine, and “Appreciation Award for Community Service” presented by Muhammad’s Temple No. 20.