Mon May 10th
2020 YBCA 100 Honoree
Born in West Oakland, CA, home of the Black Panther Party and daughter of two Black Panther Party members, Tahirah Rasheed is a scholar, organizer, and artrepreneur. As an internationally-traveled Disc Jockey, former lab assistant, and published biomedical researcher, Rasheed lends her many talents and experiences to each venture in service of community. Rasheed is the co-founder of See Black Womxn, a Bay Area collective of artists and activists raised on Black feminist theory. Her organizing helped See Black Womxn win a campaign against The San Francisco Arts Commission. Rasheed is the catalyst behind Imagine Freedom: Artworks for Abolition, which helped raise more than $250,000 for Critical Resistance towards abolishing the Prison Industrial Complex. Rasheed is working toward a day in which her ventures are part of the sustainable support of black art in service of black freedom, black love, and black prosperity. She is currently the Building Project Manager at Critical Resistance, helping build the organization’s new freedom movement center and national headquarters.