Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines served as a principal in the Chicago Public
Schools for seventeen years. Prior to that, she worked as
a teacher in Chicago Public Schools for over 14 years. It
is her love of children and knowing that educating young people
is a way to provide them with opportunities they would not have
otherwise that drives her career, and personal life choices.
Even while serving as a Marketing Manager for Gillette and Liquid
Paper from 1976 to 1984, she owned and operated three Day Care
Centers. This was her way of continuing to be involved in the
lives of children.
In 1996, she became the business manager for her son, Common's,
music company Senseless Music, Inc. In addition to being
his business manager, she also works closely with his foundation,
and is the president of his new company Hip Hop Schoolhouse, which
published his first children’s book and other educational
materials for children in the fall of 2005. After retiring from
principalship in 2005, she realized that her work with children
had not ended, but just begun. Dr. Hines continues to work to
improve the lives of urban youth by becoming more involved with
the Common Ground Foundation, mentoring new principals, and working
with her son to create and distribute exciting, relevant reading
material for today’s youth.