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 >
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
“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."
"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."
"The event was great. Our students loved her."
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