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Three Women Honored in the 11th Annual Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial Lecture and Awards Ceremony


The 11th Annual Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial Lecture & Award Ceremony
WOMEN IN ISLAM, INC. to present AMEENA MATTHEWS, community activist and subject of the
award winning documentary: The Interrupters with the 11th Annual
Dr. Betty Shabazz Award

Held in honor of Dr. Betty Shabazz, the wife of Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X) this event highlights the contributions of women to social justice. It upholds Dr. Shabazz to our communities, as a Muslim woman committed to her family and to helping women all over the world. Each year, this ceremony recognizes women from all faith backgrounds who have continued her legacy and dedicate their lives to uplifting those around them. Ilyasah Shabazz (daughter of Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz) will present this year’s award to Ameena Matthews.

Event: The 11th Annual Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial Lecture & Award Ceremony
Date: Sunday June 24, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street. Harlem, NY 10037

This year's event will give awards to three dynamic women leaders who embody a passionate commitment to justice, community, and social transformation. The recipients are: Ameena Matthews, Community Activist for Peace Building and Social Change, Violence Interrupter to receive the Dr. Betty Shabazz Award. Two Compass Awards will be presented to outstanding local leaders: Potri Ranka Manis Queano Nur, Storyteller, Founder/Artistic Director and Tradition- Bearer, Kinding Sindaw and Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director, Applied Research Center (ARC) and Publisher, COLORLINES.COM: News For Action.

Highlights of the ceremony include special performances by Kinding Sindaw, internationally acclaimed Kora player Yacouba Sissoko, and additional guests.

Women In Islam, Inc, is an organization of professional and social activist Muslim women who are dedicated to the empowerment of women through knowledge and practice of Islam.

Our mission is to advance the spiritual and intellectual development of women to empower them as dynamic participants in civil society and as advocates for human rights and social justice. For additional information, visit our website: www.womeninislam.org.

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The Malcolm X Foundation Presents Malcolm X Weekend May 18th & 19th in Harlem, NYC

New York, New York - On Saturday, May 19, The Shabazz Family and the recently revived Malcolm X Foundation will host a day-time block party festival in New York City to honor and celebrate El-Haj Malik El Shabazz's 87th birthday, declaring "MAY 19 IS MALCOLM X DAY!"

The event will comprise of the community celebrating Malcolm X with poetry, speeches and entertainment. Specific details have yet to be determined. However, local elected officials, community and educational leaders expect to be in attendance.

The vendors include food, music, education based products, books, merchandising, and community organizations.

The family friendly event will be held at West 165th Street, between Broadway (Dr. Betty Shabazz Way) and St. Nicholas Avenues. The event is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Shabazz Center's annual program that celebrates the life and legacy of Malcolm X will immediately follow in The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, located at 3940 Broadway (between W 165th and 166th Streets).

Earlier, on Friday May 18th, fans are welcome to celebrate the life and legacy of Malcolm X at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem from 5 to 9 p.m.

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The Malcolm X Foundation Call to Action Fundraiser

The Malcolm X Foundation's first annual fundraiser gala will be held on Thursday, February 24th in New York City.

The event will take place at the The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The evening's highlights will include dinner, music and a program hosted by the daughters of Malcolm X.

The Malcolm X Foundation was founded by the late Dr. Betty Shabazz, and recently launched in January 2011, to honor Malcolm X's legacy "through the development and support of targeted programs dedicated to enhancing human values and empowering local and global oppressed communities."

To purchase tickets for this event, download this form or click here to make a donation.

Please email the filled out ticket form to admin@xlegacy.org.

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Commemorating Malcolm X

As we dedicate this month to Black History we mark February 21st as the day the world lost one of its greatest humanitarians - Malcolm X.

This legendary leader, born as El Haaj Malik El-Shabazz, has become a civil rights icon and is considered by many to be one of the most influential African Americans in history.

Malcom X's group of nationalists heightened the political consciousness of African Americans through public speaking which promoted freedom, justice and equality. He believed everyone should stand up for their race with courage, dignity and pride through self defense and activism. He once stated "we are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us."

Many consider Malcom X's approach to raising the self-esteem of African Americans and pushing for equal rights to be one the most effective approaches of our time. His legacy has been recognized by multiple generations and will remain a major part of African American history. It is clear his messages will continue to guide many into the future.

Malcolm X once said, "There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time."

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Happy Birthday, Malcolm X!

May 19th is the date one of the most influential and greatest African Americans in history was born, El Haaj Malik El-Shabazz, known to us as Malcolm X.

Today marks what would be the civil rights activist's 85th birthday. He was many things to many people, but he was nothing short of legendary. He is credited with pushing for democracy in modern Black America, spreading Islam in black communities and boosting the morale of African Americans.

He once said he wanted "to bring about the complete independence of people of African descent here in the western hemisphere...and bring about the freedom of these people by any means necessary."

To celebrate the life and legacy of Malcolm X, fans can purchase a silk-screened t-shirt by Slick Designs. Check out all seven t-shirt designs here.

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45 Years After the Assassination of Malcolm X

Malcolm X was assassinated 45 years ago this weekend. Earlier this year, WNYC Radio unearthed a 1960s interview between the civil rights leader and WNYC journalist Eleanor Fischer. Malcolm X talks passionately about the deep roots of segregation in America; the political and psychological state of the Black community; the need to build the Black leadership; and his strong condemnation of Martin Luther King's methods.

Read the rest of the article and listen to the interview here.

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Malcolm X’s Daughter to Speak at University of Wyoming

The third daughter of slain Muslim leader Malcolm X is the keynote speaker at the eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. and Days of Dialogue celebration at the University of Wyoming next month.

Ilyasah Shabazz, who is an author, lecturer and human rights activist, is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Wyoming Union Ballroom.

The theme of this year's celebration that runs from January 18-22 is "Poverty, Politics, and Race"

Shabazz was only 2 years old and present when her father, Malcolm X, was assassinated in 1965 in New York. Malcolm X is considered to be one of greatest and most influential African Americans in history. His fight for equality and freedom for African Americans will remain a legacy for generations to come.

To learn more about the legendary life of Malcolm X click here.

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