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Ilyasah  Shabazz

Ilyasah Shabazz

Daughter of Malcolm X, Professor & Author


Ilyasah Shabazz is an award-winning author, educator and producer. She has authored five historical novels and has served as project advisor for the PBS award-winning film, Prince Among Slaves documentary. She is Co-Chairperson of the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. In her work to preserve the legacy of her parents, she has dedicated herself to institution building and intergenerational leadership development with the tenants of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read More >

Ms. Shabazz has furthered her community impact with the City University of New York’s Office of Academic Affairs, where she created curriculum to encourage higher education for underserved, inner-city high school dropouts. She has worked with the Office of the Mayor in Mount Vernon, as Director of Public Affairs & Special Events. She founded and produced a young adult development program. The purpose of the program was to provide insight on social justice—encouraging personal empowerment. As president and founder of Ilyasah Shabazz Enterprises, she produces a variety of forums dedicated to power, possibility and sovereignty.

Ms. Shabazz is a member of the Soar Higher Cabinet Committee for New Paltz College; a member of the Advisory Council for the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition; a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. ; and she serves as a Trustee for the Harlem Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Shabazz holds a Master of Science in Education & Human Resource Development from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from New Paltz College. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, where she teaches Perspectives on Justice in the Africana World. Grounded in the commitments of her parents, Ms. Shabazz emphasizes empowerment and inclusion in her teaching and scholarship.  Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Sizzle Reel

Embracing Your Legacy

Black History Month Keynote Clip | Roosevelt University

2014 National Book Festival | Library of Congress

Remembering Malcolm X

On Islamophobia and Xenophobia

I Am a Reflection of You And You Are a Reflection of Me

Speech Topics

Positively You!

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Malcolm X Shabazz: The Man and Father Away from the Podium

Celebrating Culture: Around the World and Back

Heritage: Embracing Your Legacy: "Everyone Has One"

Melting Pot: Multi Cultural Diplomacy / Multi-National Patriotism