Rahman is a 25 year old built environment practitioner and has lived in Tāmaki Makaurau for the past 22 years of his life. Originally from Sudan and born in the United Arab Emirates, Rahman has strong connections to his whakapapa and Sudanese identity. With a background in urban planning and a Masters of Urban Design, Rahmans research focuses on spatial justice and the impacts of urban development on Māori, Pasifika and ethnic communities. He has undertaken a variety of community organising initially catalysed with the Black Lives Matter, and went on to lead his Sudanese community, alongside maintaining work in aiding African communities as well as Palestinian self-determination.
Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter Movement represents a new development in the long struggle for freedom for African-Americans, Africans, and descendants of the Black Diaspora globally. The death of George Floyd was a seminal moment in discussions concerning Black people, race, and violence in 2020. In this te Tiriti conference session on BLM, I would like to discuss the Black Lives Matter Movement as one organiser for the African, Māori, Pacific youth collective 'For The People' who organised a march for George Floyd and BLM in Auckland, Aotearoa in 2020. I would also like to speak about my work as a Sudanese community worker living in this country dealing with issues of justice, race relations, and emancipation.