Social Activist to Present Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture at Trinity University

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Mary Anthony
mary.anthony@trinity.edu
210-999-8441
Nov. 28, 2011

Social Activist to Present Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture at Trinity University


Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, to deliver remarks at MLK lecture


SAN ANTONIO - Trinity University will honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. with a public lecture and participation in a San Antonio march commemorating the slain civil rights leader. The University's annual MLK Jr. Commemorative Lecture will feature Ilyasah Shabazz, author, producer, and activist for social justice. She will discuss "Growing Up X" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Laurie Auditorium on the Trinity University campus. The event is free and open to the public.


Shabazz is a project adviser on the PBS documentary, Prince Among Slaves, and serves on the New York City Opera's Artistic Committee. She was executive producer of a 2010 television pilot, The X factor and has worked in the entertainment industry for the William Morris Agency, TimeWarner Music Group, KEDAR Entertainment, ABC's All My Children and One Life to Live, and Spike Lee's 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks.

Her book, Growing Up X, has won critical acclaim, including nomination for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Literary Work, a United Press International book for the week, and a BET.com best book list. She recently completed Young Malcolm, a children's illustration book slated for a Spring 2012 release.

Shabazz has organized training programs to encourage higher education for inner city at-risk youth for the City University of New York Office of Academic Affairs. She held leadership roles on the executive youth board for the City of Mount Vernon Office of the Mayor, and was a member of the U.S. delegation that accompanied President Bill Clinton to South Africa to commemorate the election of President Nelson Mandela. Shabazz is a mentor for the We Are Family Foundation, and continues to mentor at various group homes, lock up facilities, and high schools through production of The WAKE-UP Tour: X-Tra Credit Forums, a youth empowerment program. Her father, Malcolm X, is a noted civil rights leader and her mother, Betty Shabazz, was a nurse, educator, activist and an international advocate for women's rights. Shabazz holds a master of science in education and human resource development and a bachelor of science in biology.

Trinity has honored the memory of Dr. King for decades and launched a speaker series in 1994. Students affiliated with the Trinity Diversity Connection and members of the Black Student Union, University President Dennis A. Ahlburg and his wife, Penelope Harley, as well as Trinity faculty and staff members, will join other residents of San Antonio in the annual MLK Jr. March through the community's East Side on Monday, Jan. 16.

For more information, contact Trinity's Office of University Communications at 210-999-8441.