Abdullah (Richards), Jasmine

Black Lives Matter, Pasadena Chapter





Field Value
ID 72
Title An oral history with Jasmine Abdullah (Richards)
Date 2016-08-24
OH ID OH 5900
Citation Jasmine Abdullah interviewed by Carie Rael, August 24, 2016, Los Angeles, California, Oral History #5900, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Created At 2017-07-30 19:18:15 UTC
Location Los Angeles, CA
Language English
Subjects Family → Childhood Experiences
Family → Values
Family → Siblings
Activism → Education Activism
Race Relations → Black-White Race Relations
Gender and Sexuality → Gender Roles
Sexism → Sexual Harassment
Activism → Anti-Police Brutality Activism
Racial Inequality → Racial Profiling
Racial Inequality
Sexism → Sexism in Activism
Gender and Sexuality → Feminism
Elections → Presidential Elections → Election 2016 (Trump/Clinton)
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
African American → People → Melina Abdullah
Religion → Spirituality
African American → Organizations → Black Lives Matter
Locations → Pasadena, California
Police and Law Enforcement → Arrest(s)
African American → Organizations → Black Lives Matter
Locations → Ferguson, Missouri
Locations → Ferguson, Missouri
African American → People → Michael Brown
Elected Officials → Mayoral → Eric Garcetti
Police and Law Enforcement → Imprisonment
Police and Law Enforcement → Officer-Involved Shooting(s)
Police and Law Enforcement → Felony Lynching
Community Organizations → Decolonize Los Angeles
Activism → Advice on getting involved
Ideology → Sisterhood


An oral history with Jasmine Abdullah, founder of Black Lives Matters (BLM) Pasadena Chapter, freedom fighter, and community organizer. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for the California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to collect her life history, details of her work and experiences with BLM, and her community organizing efforts. Specifically, this interview details her family life and childhood growing up as a latchkey kid in the segregated northwest section of Pasadena, California; her early education from primary to secondary; discusses her childhood career aspirations; explains how individuals outside of her community of North Los Robles might think it’s a rough part of the city; she details the strong community ties and unconditional Black love she has experienced; shares how her sister is her role model; she goes into detail about the childhood trauma and tragedies of losing family and friends and how she is still healing; explains how Ferguson and the loss of her best friend changed her life; shares the types of discussions which occurred in her household growing up; recalls standing up for herself as a youth and the need to be strong; discusses the Pasadena Police Department’s harassment and brutality she and her community experience; explains why she changed her surname; the work and issues most important to her which include: at-risk youth and gang intervention, police brutality, and lack of resources; details the work she does to counteract issues in her community; talks about how she founded BLM Pasadena in 2015; discusses her freedom ride to Ferguson, the work she did as a youth advocate there, and how this experience changed her life and work; the gender dynamics she has experienced with BLM; shares her political imprisonment, being charged with felony lynching, and her initial response; talks about the domestic and international support she received as well as how she felt and what she experienced while in jail; her role in BLM decolonizing the Los Angeles City Hall and their demands; explains why she spoke up against The Game and Snoop Dogg’s Million Men March; BLM and the impact of social media; her feelings of being a woman in the movement; what she thinks will get more women involved in the movement; her thoughts on feminism; the differences in how men and women lead; she explains the gender discrimination she faces within the movement, and the unique contributions women bring to the table; her initial goals for BLM and areas she wants to move into; her family’s response to the work she does; shares how BLM brought faith and religion back to her; the violence she has experienced; discusses the current state of United States of America politics; advice she would give a young girl wanting to get involved with BLM; what she is most proud of; closes the interview with thoughts on individuals needing to focus on the bigger picture.


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