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Guide to the Muslims in Brooklyn oral histories 2018.006

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Oral History Interview with Mamnunul Haq, September 6, 2018

Biographical / Historical

Mamnunul Haq was born in 1962 in Sandwip, Bangladesh. He married his wife in 1988 and immigrated to the United States in 1991. He began driving a yellow medallion taxi in New York City in 1995 and was a strong advocate for taxi workers' rights, including co-founding the Bangladesh Yellow Society New York, the Bengal Cabbie Society, and the New York Taxi Driver's Alliance in in the mid-1990s. He retired from driving his taxi after a violent attack from a passenger left him hospitalized in 2005, and went on to become involved in health education and community organization in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn, including supporting the local Avenue C Plaza and serving on a community board.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Mamnunul Haq discusses growing up in Sandwip, Bangladesh; his father's position in the local community; his political activism in Bangladesh; his marriage to his wife; and his immigration to the United States. He expands on his experiences driving a yellow medallion taxi in New York City, including his work to advocate for taxi drivers' rights and safety; co-founding the Bangladesh Yellow Society New York, the Bengal Cabbie Society, and the New York Taxi Driver's Alliance; and being seriously injured by a passenger. He also speaks at length about his memories of the East New York and Kensington neighborhoods of Brooklyn, especially regarding community organization in Kensington; serving on a community board; and his friendship with New York City council member Brad Lander. Interview conducted by Svetlana Kitto.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview can be accessed onsite at Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online at the Oral History Portal.

Subject Names

  • Haq, Mamnunul
  • Lander, Brad

Subject Organizations

  • Bangladesh Yellow Society New York (New York, N.Y.)
  • Bengal Cabbie Society (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.). Taxi and Limousine Commission
  • New York Taxi Workers Alliance (Queens, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Bangladeshis
  • Community organization -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education -- Bangladesh
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Labor policy -- New York (State)
  • Labor unions -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Muslim families -- Bangladesh
  • Political activists
  • Religious pluralism -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Ridesharing -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Taxicab drivers -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Taxicab industry -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Victims of violent crimes -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • East New York (New York, N.Y.)
  • Kensington (New York, N.Y.)
  • Sandwīp Island (Bangladesh)