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Ilyasah Shabazz

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Lavender, Pink
Favorite Food:
Fruit, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
God Bless You.

Birthplace

Born:
7/22/1962
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Author

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Lavender, Pink
Favorite Food:
Fruit, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
God Bless You.

Birthplace

Born:
7/22/1962
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Author of Growing Up X, Ilyasah Shabazz, the third eldest daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz was born in July 1962. She was nearly three years old when her father, Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965 at the Audubon Ballroom. After her father’s death, the family moved to Mount Vernon, New York where she attended private schools, went to summer camp and belonged to Jack and Jill. In 1979, Shabazz graduated from The Masters School, a prestigious boarding school, in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She received her B.S. degree in biology from the State University of New York in New Paltz in 1983 and her M.S. degree in education and human resource development from Fordham University in New York.

Shabazz began her professional career in the entertainment industry. She served as Vice President for SME Entertainment; Director of Operations for KEDAR Entertainment; Coordinator of Promotions & Marketing for Pendulum, and as a production assistant for 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks (Spike Lee’s production company). Shabazz then moved her efforts from the entertainment business towards education. As the coordinator for the Office of Academic Affairs of the City University of New York, she organized training workshops to encourage higher education for inner-city high school dropouts. Her mission was to create an atmosphere and a curriculum that enabled students to feel proud and have a strong sense of commitment to humanity and to improving their socioeconomic conditions.

Shabazz wrote an autobiography in 2002, Growing Up X. It is a coming of age story as well as a tribute to her parents’ lives. In 2005, Shabazz worked with a team from Columbia University to open the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center at the Audubon. She also accompanied President Bill Clinton on his historic tour to South Africa.

Shabazz lives in Mt. Vernon, New York where she serves on the youth board for the City of Mt. Vernon and is a member of the Women's Leadership Forum.

Ilyasah Shabazz was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 21, 2005.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ilyasah Shabazz's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ilyasah Shabazz lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her maternal grandfather's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her mother's family in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her mother's personality and childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ilyasah Shabazz details her grandfather's death
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her paternal grandmother's nervous breakdown
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her father's childhood after he lost his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her grandparents' values that influenced her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ilyasah Shabazz details her father's decision to move to Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her father's arrest
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her father's conversion to the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes how her parents met and lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her earliest memories of her father and his death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ilyasah Shabazz recalls how her parents moved to New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ilyasah Shabazz remembers her influential teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her childhood with her mother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes the community of Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ilyasah Shabazz remembers summer camp in Vermont
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ilyasah Shabazz remembers her college aspirations and friendship with Lisa Stroud
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes the expectations of being Malcolm X's daughter
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ilyasah Shabazz recalls learning about her father, Malcolm X
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ilyasah Shabazz recalls the expectations she faced at SUNY New Paltz as Malcom X's daughter
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ilyasah Shabazz recalls working for the CUNY Preparatory Transitional High School Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ilyasah Shabazz recalls meeting Spike Lee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her work with Spike Lee and the William Morris Agency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ilyasah Shabazz remembers Spike Lee's film 'Malcolm X'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ilyasah Shabazz remembers her mother's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes the inspiration for her book 'Growing Up X'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ilyasah Shabazz recalls visiting the Shabazz Center and writing her book
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her plans for a speaking tour
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ilyasah Shabazz reflects upon the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ilyasah Shabazz reflects upon the importance of history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ilyasah Shabazz reflects upon her life and preserving her father's papers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ilyasah Shabazz talks about saving her father's papers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ilyasah Shabazz describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ilyasah Shabazz reflects upon her father's legacy