Khaleb graduated from SOAS with an MSc in Violence Conflict and Development in 2015.
Khaleb’s interest in collective and personal history led him to contact the Liverpool Museum of Slavery, where he is about to start a six-month research residency during which he will explore the archives. Khaleb will conduct a broad research project on the history of slavery and his personal story. Khaleb plans to spend his first two to three months looking into three key areas; The Middle Passage collection, exploring the interesting and disturbing spaces between Africa and the States. Khaleb hopes to contextualise this liminal space and delve into the relationship between water and people of colour. This area will also cover the cultural exchanges that occured during these passages. The importance of objects- artefacts - unveiling the objects used in slavery- the hope is to reimagaine these objects in a positive and from a place of empowerment. The experience from a queer and transgender perspective, Khaleb is already finding out more about the first drag queen William Dorsey Swann who was enslaved in Maryland in the mid-1800s. (originally called Queen of Drag’ this is a deeply personal area for Khaleb - tying together blackness and transness. The remaining time will be spent focusing into one of these areas.