Shabazz Family Host 98th Annual Malcolm X Day, Honoring The Harlem Legend

May 19, 2023

This afternoon, on the 98th birthday of Malcolm X, the  Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center plans to host Malcolm X Day.

Honoring the 98th birthday celebration of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) tonight at 7:00 P.M. at The Shabazz Center (3940 B’Way). 

Born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm X would grow to become one of history’s most influential figures and strategists for human rights and global justice – inspiring a countless number of activists for generations to come. Malcolm X Day, marks Malcolm’s birthday and invites the community to join us in reflecting on the legacy and impact Malcolm X has on each of our lives in this current social climate. 

“Malcolm X was a powerful advocate for self-determination and empowerment. Through his teachings, he instilled a sense of pride, resilience, and the importance of unity, inspiring generations to strive for justice, equality, and a brighter future for all.” said Dr. Shabazz, chairwoman of The Shabazz Center, author of Growing Up X, and the third daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz. 

The Malcolm X Day event, which starts at 7:00 P.M. and will also take place at the Shabazz Center, will celebrate the life and legacy of Malcolm X and will include Marc Lamont Hill as the Master of Ceremonies, a keynote address from Spike Lee, who is also celebrating the 30th anniversary of his film, Malcolm X, along with Malcolm X & Betty Shabazz Vanguard Award recipients, who embody the values of sincerity, service and excellence. This year’s honorees are: Nikole Hannah-Jones, investigative journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner for The 1619 Project;  Carol Jenkins, former nbc news anchor and CEO of the Equal Rights Amendment coalition;  Frederick Joseph, New York Times bestselling author;  JoAnna LeFlore-Ejike, Malcolm X Foundation (Omaha, NE) Executive Director;  Fredrika Newton, widow, president and cofounder of Dr. Huey P Newton Foundation. Malcolm X Day will also include performances by  Arnstar, Hip-Hop artist;  Katelan Terrell and Brittany Logan of the Metropolitan Opera and Keyon Harold, Grammy award-winning musician.  

Qubilah, Ilyasah, Gamilah-Lumumba and Malaak Shabazz, esteemed daughters of Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz are expected to be in attendance at the event today.

The Malcolm X Day event will also be live-streamed on Facebook and Youtube.

The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Education Center is a cultural and educational institution that harnesses the legacies of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz to incubate social, racial, and global justice movements. Our physical space memorializes the humanitarian efforts and martyrdom of Malcolm X, and embodies the educational vision of Dr Betty Shabazz. We partner with community organizers and educators, and facilitate cultural activations meant to catalyze the next generation of leaders in the movement for racial equity and global justice. 

Photo credit: Malcolm X colorized photo Wikipedia.

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