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Malcolm X's daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz

February 16, 2011
by Melinda Swenson

Black/African American Cultural Center, Black Definition, Campus Activities, ASCSU, and the Diversity Grant have invited Ilyasah Shabazz to speak at CSU in honor of Black History Month. Shabazz's life's work focuses on supporting the struggle for social justice through the empowerment of future leaders.

Ilyasah Shabazz is the daughter of martyred human rights activist Malcolm Al-Shabazz, widely known as Malcolm X.Thursday, February 23
7 p.m.
Lory Student Center
North Ballroom

Malcolm X's daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, is the closing keynote speaker for Black History Month activities at Colorado State. The event will be held in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center and will be followed by a question & answer session.

Shabazz is a celebrated author, activist, lecturer, and daughter of martyred human rights activist Malcolm X. She is dedicated to preserving the Shabazz family legacy of service to humanity.   

You are worthy, you are beautiful

"I feel that every young person, regardless of gender, creed, and ethnic background, should have the opportunity to be who they are," Shabazz says. 

"We all should have the opportunity to feel beautiful, to feel worthy, and that requires seeing the tremendous value in our identities.  

"People of color come from a lineage of people who gave to society. They were more than enslaved Africans," she says, emphasizing that the indigenous communities of Africa were vital cultures. "We need to understand the significance of the contributions that people of African descent have made to world history."

A needed perspective

"It's imperative to learn about those who contributed," Shabazz says. "You need that perspective. If you don't have that information, you don't know how to give back. If you don't see the value in your identity, you're not going to give back."

Shabazz feels a deep personal commitment to giving back because of something her mother used to say to her when she was a child: "Ilyasah, just as one must drink water, one must give back."

Sponsors

Sponsored by Black/African American Cultural Center, Black Definition, Campus Activities, ASCSU, and the Diversity Grant.


Contact: Sharmayne Syas
E-mail: Sharmayne.Syas@mail.colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-2727