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Samaa Abdurraqib is a Black, queer, Muslim woman living in Portland, Maine. Abdurraqib was raised in Columbus, Ohio. She attend the University of Ohio, and later the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a PhD in English Literature. After graduating she worked as a visiting professor at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Next she went on to work the American Civil Liberties Union in Maine as a reproductive rights organizer. She now works for the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. Her advocacy and organizing work has included places such as Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, Southern Maine Workers Center, and the Portland Racial Justice Congress. She helped create the For Us, By Us fund, a flexible fund to help support People of Color in their own organizing for their own communities.


Please cite as: Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ Collection, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, University of Southern Maine Libraries.

For more information about the Querying the Past: Maine LGBTQ Oral History Project, please contact Dr. Wendy Chapkis.


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Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine

Publication Date

Winter 11-21-2016


University of Southern Maine


Portland, Maine


Keywords: Race, religion, culture, sexuality, feminism, black feminism, family, activism, education, career, teaching, politics, racism, white supremacy, organizing, Sexual Assaul Response Services of Southern Maine, Southern Maine Workers Center, Portland Racial Justice Congress, For Us By Us, intersectionality, police brutality, class, non-profits, racial justice, identity, Ohio, Maine


African American Studies | American Literature | American Popular Culture | History of Gender | Islamic Studies | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Women's History | Women's Studies

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