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Daughter of Malcolm X, Professor & Author
Dr. Ilyasah Shabazz is an award-winning author, educator and producer. She has authored five historical novels, has served as project advisor for the PBS award-winning film, Prince Among Slaves documentary, and is currently producing a television series based on her latest two publications, X a Novel and The Awakening of Malcolm X, with Sony Pictures Television’s TriStar. Read More >
She is Chairperson of the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center (The Shabazz 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.
Dr. 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 to provide historical context on social justice — encouraging personal empowerment and community service as a way of life. As president and founder of Ilyasah Shabazz Enterprises, she produces a variety of forums dedicated to power, possibility and sovereignty.
In recognition of her outstanding achievements in Public Service, Education, and The Arts Worcester State University conferred Ilyasah Shabazz with a degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. Dr. Shabazz is a member of the Soar Higher Cabinet Committee for SUNY @ 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.
Dr. Shabazz holds a Master of Science in Education & Human Resource Development from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from SUNY New Paltz. 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, Dr. Shabazz emphasizes empowerment and inclusion in her teaching and scholarship. Read Less ^
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
Ilyasah Shabazz was just two years old when she witnessed her father, Malcolm X, being gunned down at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. And yet, the lessons that he and her mother, Dr. Betty Shabazz, taught her remain today. She was raised understanding the importance of education. The importance of history. The importance of humanity. The importance of leadership. The importance of self-reliance. The importance of love. That she is her brother and sister’s keeper, to be her best self so she can give her best to her community and society. Read More >
In this compelling presentation, Shabazz, an award-winning author, educator and producer, will share powerful stories of what she learned from her iconic activist parents and how we can still come together, demand change and keep fighting for justice in Malcolm’s name. Read Less ^
How do we ensure that the student activism witnessed during a global pandemic and after the demise of George Floyd not only continues but also makes an impact around the world? Ilyasah Shabazz, the third daughter of the late Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, believes you can look back at the historical legacy of her mother and father to find inspirational solutions. Read More >
In her keynote presentation, Shabazz, an award-winning author, educator and producer, will share powerful stories of what she learned from her iconic activist parents and how you too can make the diverse world more equitable and inclusive for all. These are stories about courage, compassion, purpose and leadership. It’s about how you can turn a movement into a reality for both today and generations to come. Read Less ^
In today’s world, diversity, equity and inclusion are more critical than ever, whether in the workplace, our communities, or society as a whole. And no one knows it better than Ilyasah Shabazz. As the third daughter of the late Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, she knows how powerful these three core values are. Read More >
This award-winning author, educator and producer will share her unique story, talk about the legacy of her parents and inspire you to do so much more. She will show you how the challenges we have today are the challenges we had 55-plus years ago, and how we can begin to fix them by instilling specific and necessary values for future generations. A powerful storyteller, Shabazz will inspire you to do more and be more, so that every American is encouraged and has the opportunity to call this country their own. Read Less ^
Empowering the next generation to succeed and help others is no easy feat. But Ilyasah Shabazz has never given up on this goal. She believes education and learning to stay positive are key to reaching these milestones. And she should know. The third daughter of the late Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, she was taught from an early age that these attributes are critical to success—for students and, in the long run, the world’s environment. Read More >
This award-winning author, educator and producer will inspire teachers, parents, students and communities to be the best they can be, so they give their best to others and society. She provides insight into the power of positivity and shares her own experiences growing up surrounded by love, determination and the legacy of her father. “All of us start off as children and evolve into what adults teach us,” she says. “It’s our responsibility as adults to instill specific values in our children, so they can go on and become a reflection of our best selves and do wonderful and responsible deeds like Malcolm X did.” Read Less ^
What makes a better person, employee or leader? For Ilyasah Shabazz, it’s all about the power of hope, enlightenment and a willingness to help others. In her inspiring keynote, she’ll share the importance of self-worth, self-love, purpose and accountability, and how establishing core values can improve careers, companies and communities in today’s ever-changing world. Read More >
As the third daughter of the late Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, this award-winning author, educator and producer provides unique insight. She grew up hearing firsthand stories of her father and his powerful legacy. Add that to witnessing her mother’s courage, compassion and wisdom. You find a person who has impacted thousands with her lifework’s willingness to help others find their inner strength, capacity and purpose. This keynote will empower you to be your best self, so you can give back your best and allow your company to thrive in today’s ever-changing society. Read Less ^
“My favorite part was hearing Ilyasah make connections between her personal life, her father’s (Malcolm X) life and the importance of human rights in modern education literature. Truly amazing. There was an eye-opener for many that we have the power in our hands as educators to make way for change. That education is where it all begins, that even though it starts at home we have the power to influence the future by teaching our students love, beginning with self-love. Once you are proud and love who you are, then and only then will you be able to love others for who and what they are. It was great - she's such a powerful speaker and so personable! I think our teachers really enjoyed it and felt seen and heard. Thanks for all your help, truly!"
"We really enjoyed her yesterday, we had an outpouring of love from the students and staff to our emails about how excited and pleased they were to be in attendance for this event. She super exceeded our expectations, and we only wish we would have had more time with her. This event was my favorite event to date!"
"It has been over a year and students, faculty, and staff still talk about Ilyasah Shabazz's visit to Montgomery College. Whether she discussed the enormous contributions of both her parents, her own accomplishments as a writer and educator, or contemporary events, Ms. Shabazz captivated the hundreds of students who were in attendance. What I still hear from faculty and students is their appreciation that Ms. Shabazz took the time to meet individually with so many. I am quite certain that at a school like ours that is so diverse, Ms. Shabazz's words of encouragement, especially to our African American female students, will have a long lasting impact. I am so thankful for the opportunity to bring Ms. Shabazz to Montgomery College and give my students an experience of a lifetime."
"llyasah's visit was a joy. Those who came to the event are still talking about how powerful she is in her own right. There is already talk of bringing her back."
"Ilyasah was a delight and brought amazing energy to our campus and event. It was a blessing to our group and something people will be talking about for quite some time. We had a record turnout (or at least more than we have had in a long time) and students stood in (a long!) line waiting to buy books and take pictures. All of the books sold out, and it appeared that she also enjoyed herself with our community."
"Girl Power was a great success! Students, teachers and staff were honored to be in the presence of Ms. Shabazz. Not only did our youth take away powerful information—the adults and presenters were inspired as well."
“Words cannot express the impact Ilyasah Shabazz’s presence alone has left on this community. Bloomsburg University’s Black and Brown community especially are still in shock that they had the privilege of connecting and resonating with the voice words of Shabazz. She has left Bloomsburg, leaving students inspired and to begin their individual journey’s in finding self-empowerment.”
"We had a really excellent tour with Ilyasah, and it was such a pleasure to travel with her. She is so skilled at adapting each conversation to fit the needs of the community and audience, and I really loved seeing her conversations unfold with the facilitator and audience."
"Once again, we absolutely loved Ms. Shabazz’s presentation. She did a phenomenal job today. We are so honored to have had her speak to our scholars and staff."
"The event was great. Our students loved her."
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