A native Houstonian, Sahirah A. Muhammad was raised in the historic Third Ward area. Her parents divorced while she was very young. While observing the struggles of her parents, a hard-working and devoted single mother and her father a local businessman, Sahirah understood the value and possibilities that a higher education would offer. She is a very proud third generation graduate of Jack Yates High School, where she discovered her gift and passion for writing.
Creative writing was a healthy outlet in helping her adjust to her home situation. Her classmates at Yates High School were Sahirah’s first critics for Dreaming On the Devil’s Playground. They could hardly wait to read the next chapter to find out what was happening in Peaches’ journey to womanhood. Dreaming On the Devil’s Playground was a work in progress while Sahirah was in high school and finally completed after college.
Sahirah graduated from Tuskegee University in Alabama, where she married her college sweetheart. Following college they moved to Utah, later returning to Houston when she became pregnant with her first child. Several years later, Sahirah found herself a divorced single mother. She entered into another relationship and was unsuccessful. At that point, being a single mother of two, she poured herself into her writings and completed Dreaming On the Devil’s Playground.
While struggling through unemployment, poverty and near homelessness, Sahirah discovered her true calling as an educator of special needs children. She is the oldest of four sisters and one brother. In her free time she loves to cook for her family. Preparing her daughters to be successful and happy adults is her internal motivation. She draws strength from her close friends, and receives encouragement from her sisterhood, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Her faith and religion, Al Islam keeps her balanced and grounded.