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Zhalman Harris

Founder & President

Born and raised in a suburb of Monrovia, Zhalman aka Z-Plus, grew up middle class with a childhood dream of becoming a pilot. Those childhood dreams were shattered when Liberia entered into a civil war. Zhalman traded dreaming and childhood innocence for survival amidst random executions, famine, air strikes, cross fires and even escaping death during the gruesome war. Witnessing random executions and atrocities, Zhalman, in most ways still a child, emerges a resilient young man, with hopes and the ability to turn the darkest time of his life into something positive.

Orphaned, but with extended family, Zhalman escapes his homeland, relocating to Ghana as a refugee. For ten years on the refugee camp he waits… waits for comfort… waits for peace… and waits for a place to call home.

When the time came and his humble wait was over, Zhalman, found himself in the United States; arriving with a few belongings, memories both good and bad, and the songs he wrote during his life as a refugee that he carries in his heart.

After living in the United States for a few years, and adapting to the culture, the way of life, and chasing the American dream, like most people, he would change jobs until he found what suited him. From a humble beginning, Zhalman started working at factories, but with great work ethics, and hard work he ended up in supervisory positions at fortune 500 companies, at the same time pursuing his dreams as an actor, and going back to the recording studio to produce an album. When Zhalman decided he wanted to be self-employed, he resigned his corporate job and moved to Florida from Minnesota, where he now resides and runs his Media Company ZPlus Media.

The day Zhalman left Africa in the summer of 2000, he vowed never to go back because of what he had seen and endured, little did he know he would be overwhelmed with the urge to go back to Liberia 10 years later to help under-privileged children. Zhalman felt the need to go back, but he had no means of making this conviction a reality. 4 years later in Destin he met someone at a dinner party, who jointly set things in motion to go to Liberia. They would start a foundation called Aletha’s Hope in honor of his mother who was killed during the civil war in Liberia. A year later Zhalman would go on to form Aletha’s Legacy to focus on his commitment to meeting the educational needs of Liberia’s children in honor of his mother’s Legacy.

zhalman@alethaslegacy.org