We Exist Series 2: Audio Recordings
Activism and Civil Rights: Ms. Wahidah Muhammad


Activism and Civil Rights: Ms. Wahidah Muhammad



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Ms. Wahidah Muhammad (born 1948 in Chicago, Illinois; lived in Maine since December 1991)

Ms. Wahidah Muhammad: “Well, um, it's -- it's nice to sit here and -- and -- and talk about yourself, but, um, I can remember when I was going to school for, um -- at the University of Southern Maine and getting my bachelor's. Um, United Way, the president of the United Way – Larry Marocux, M A R O C U X, came to our class and was recruiting people to work within the community. They needed someone to do a survey. And, um -- well, he didn't actually ask for a survey, but that's what myself and three other students decided to do. And what we did was we surveyed, uh, the teams. We had a, uh -- a survey that went through the community from 12 to 21 year olds. And what this information gave was the assets and the, um, um, needs of the teams in the community and it gave them a venue to talk because -- knowing that these kids are being abused and ain't nobody listening and so they becoming addicts. Um, that's why we chose the teams. And it went out very well. Um, and we also did a team summit where we had a powwow, literally, set around and the teams got a chance to voice what they were going through and how they -- and what they liked and what they dislike.”

Maureen Elgersman-Lee: "Do you have a date for that, or a particular year?"

Ms. Wahidah Muhammad: "That must have 2000, 2001. Let me see. I was a student. I graduated in 2001. Maybe 2000. Yes. I think it was in 2000. And, um, it was successful. So successful was it, Maureen, that they took that survey and they used it for community -- in the community agencies now, you know, like, urn, New Beginnings and -- and United Way, and they share that information from that survey.”

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Activism and Civil Rights: Ms. Wahidah Muhammad