Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq.
Believer. Husband. Father. Attorney. University Professor. Hip-Hop Artist. Contributing Writer. In desperate pursuit of God.
Timothy Welbeck is an attorney, Lecturer of African American Studies, hip-hop artist, and contributing writer. As an attorney, Timothy has devoted the lion's share of his legal practice to the protecting the legal rights of individuals, and securing the the legal interests of small businesses and nonprofits. Consequently, Timothy presently serves as the Civil Rights Attorney for the Philadelphia Chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), where he defends the constitutionally protected civil rights and liberties of religious and racial minorities, particularly members of the Muslim community within Pennsylvania. Prior to joining CAIR, Timothy's legal practice primarily focused on medical malpractice, personal injury, family law, entertainment law, and corporate liability.
As a professor, Timothy presently instructs an array of courses that examine interconnected themes in the African American experience, law, and politics, such as Hip-Hop and Black Culture, and "No City for Young Men: Hip-Hop and the Narrative of Marginalization," and American Government. His scholarly work focuses on contemporary African and African American cultural transmissions, retention, expressions and evolution, hip-hop as a microcosm of the African American experience, contemporary issues of racial identity in America, in addition to the intersection of racial classification and the law within the American context. Accordingly, Timothy has lectured and/or presented at symposiums, conferences, and esteemed institutions nationally and internationally, including: Magdalen College of Oxford University, Georgetown University, Villanova University, Temple University, University of California, Northridge, et al. Timothy's work as an attorney and scholar has allowed him to contribute to various media outlets, such as the BBC Radio 4, The Philadelphia Inquirer, NPR, The Huffington Post, REVOLT TV, Respect Magazine, The International Business Times, 900 WURD AM, et al.
As a contributing writer, Timothy has bylines in The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY, RESPECT Magazine, in addition to several online and print publications that offer editorials, reviews and analysis of hip-hop culture. As a hip-hop artist, he has released three full length recordings, to critical acclaim, shared the stage with national and international acts (Janelle Monáe, Jidenna, Chill Moody, EPMD, Dead Prez, Canton Jones, Phanatik, Immortal Technique, Jasiri X, etc), won songwriting contests (Session 1 Grand Prize in 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest), garnered high compliments from hip-hop legends, industry taste-makers (Sway) and record executives (VP of A&R at Def Jam, Lenny S).
Timothy graduated cum laude from Morehouse College, where he was awarded the Corella and Bertrand Bonner Scholarship, the HOPE Scholarship and the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship,and received his legal training at Villanova University. Timothy lives in Philadelphia with his wife and three children.