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Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of iconic civil rights leader, Malcolm X, will be sharing her story Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center ballroom. Shabazz is an educator, activist, motivational speaker and author of the coming of age memoir titled "Growing Up X." She is a role model and advocate for women and girl empowerment. Her lifework is devoted to helping others find inner strength and purpose. While she is frequently asked to speak about the legacy of Malcolm X, she shares that it is her mother Betty Shabazz's wisdom, courage and compassion that guide her.

Shabazz holds a Master of Science in Education and Human Resource Development from Fordham University; Bachelors of Science in Biology from SUNY/New Paltz; and is currently an adjunct professor at John Jay College for Criminal Justice in New York City. She has received two NAACP Image Awards, Walter Dean Myers Honor, Library of Congress Inaugural Award, American Library Association Coretta Scott King Honor and has been long-listed for The National Book Award. Shabazz promotes higher education for at-risk youth, interfaith dialogue to build bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world, and she frequently participates on international humanitarian delegations.