Salimah (Compton) Majeed ’68

5 November 2001

Class: 1968

Major: Sociology

Deceased: November 3, 2001

A native of St. Paul, MN, Ms. Majeed graduated from St. Paul Central High School. She received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from Carleton College and her Masters in Social Work from Boston University. Ms. Majeed dedicated more than 25 years of her professional life to helping others through human services. Her professional goals and belief in the resiliency of the human spirit lead Salimah along the career path of medical social worker at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, coordinator of Children/Youth Services Outpatient Clinic at Alamance County; and the Assistant Professor at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Salimah returned to Minneapolis 11 years ago to accept the position of Executive Director of the Institute on Black Chemical Abuse (IBCA). As she joined the family of an organization that had touched the lives of so many, she envisioned a place with the ability to offer a holistic continuum of services to meet the needs of the African American family as a unit. Under the leadership of Ms. Majeed, in 1995, IBCA, was renamed African American Family Services, offering 22 cultural specific programs at 3 Twin Cities locations. Her career encompasses more than 25 years of cumulative experiences in clinical and educational social work with emphasis on administration and management. Ms. Majeed has lectured and written extensively on cross cultural awareness and culturally specific human service delivery. She is one of the Twin Cities’ most qualified and competent Executive Directors within the human services field, providing her staff and her community with extraordinary leadership and vision. Ms. Majeed is a past president of the Carleton College Alumni Board, where she represented her alma mater at conferences and college recruiting meetings across the country. She was able to share with prospective students her unique experience as one of the nation’s first African Americans to attend a predominately-white highly selective liberal arts college. The Rockefeller Foundation sponsored her education. Several organizations have had the opportunity to benefit from Ms. Majeed’s expertise and dedication to the community. She is a member of the Minneapolis Rotary, the President of the Johnson Institute Foundation Board of Directors, and a member of the Minneapolis Women’s Club. She was also a member of the United Way Health Visions Council and the Office of Minority Health Providers Review Committee and had recently complete service with the Hennepin County Department of Children and Family Services Advisory Group. In 1995, Ms. Majeed was a delegate to the White House Leadership Conference on Youth, Drug Use, and Violence and a representative to the Salzburg Seminar Session on Healthcare Partnerships meeting the Needs of Underserved Communities. Her participation in the Salzburg Seminar was sponsored by the McKnight Foundation. Ms. Majeed was honored as one of the recipients of the 1998 Ann Bancroft Award for achievement by a Minnesota woman. In 2001, she received the Women in Business Award for her contribution to expanding the delivery of services in domestic violence. Salimah moved on in her journey to meet her Lord on November 3, 2001. She leaves a legacy of love to sons Akbar Majeed, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Faheem Majeed, Minneapolis, MN; daughter Aaliyah (Ameer) Haqq, Minneapolis, MN, and grandchildren Ayanna Salimah, Sayfullah, Aman, and Sayfeddin. Preceding Salimah are her parents Charles and Dorothy Compton.

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