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Ilyasah Shabazz to Open Women In History Celebration

Ilyasah Shabazz

Ilyasah Shabazz, social activist and daughter of the late Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, will be the keynote speaker at North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) “Rock the Mic” Lecture Series on Wednesday, Mar. 1, in the B.N. Duke Auditorium.

The free event starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Shabazz, the third of six daughters of the slain activist, is a professor, motivational speaker and author of award-winning publications, including “Growing Up X,” “X, A Novel” and a children’s picture book, “Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X”.

She is an advocate for at-risk youth in higher education and travels around the world conducting interfaith dialogues that unite young leaders from different nations. Shabazz served as member of the American Interfaith Leadership delegation that participated with the Malaria No More Foundation in Mali, West Africa, and as a member of the United States delegation that accompanied former president Bill Clinton to South Africa to commemorate election of Nelson Mandela.

“We are happy to have Ms. Shabazz speak at NCCU,” said Gary Brown, interim vice chancellor for NCCU’s Division of Student Affairs. “She brings with her a part of the African-American struggle from a historical and personal context. She also continues to make her own contributions to our communities and around the world.”

Shabazz currently serves on boards of trustees for the Harlem Symphony Orchestra, The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center and The Malcolm X Foundation.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from State University of New York at New Paltz and a master’s degree in education and human resource development from Fordham University. She is an adjunct professor at John Jay College for Criminal Justice in New York City.

The “Rock the Mic” Lecture Series is hosted by the Department of Student Engagement and Leadership (S.E.A.L). For more information, contact S.E.A.L. at (919) 530-5436.

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