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Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO
Jackson State University College of Liberal Arts
JSU Student Government Association
Margaret Walker Center
2015 Black History Makers Series
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Malcolm X
On February 19, 1965, Malcom X was brutally gunned down in New York City at the Audubon Ballroom in upper Manhattan. He had been a member of the Nation of Islam (NOI) recruiting thousands of new members and building chapters throughout the country. After leaving the NOI, he founded the Muslim Mosque Incorporated and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Leading up to his death, Brother Malcolm had a transformative experience on his pilgrimage to Mecca and travels throughout Africa in 1964.
On February 16, 2015, The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO will honor the Life and Legacy of Malcolm X by hosting his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz at Jackson State University. His daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, has recently captured her father’s experience in an edited volume titled The Diary of Malcolm X. She has also written an autobiography about her life titled Growing Up X along with a children’s book titled Little Malcolm.
10:00 a.m. Keynote Address in the Liberal Arts Auditorium, Ms. Shabazz will speak to the university body (faculty, staff, and students). This event will be epic for JSU in that it will be the 50th anniversary of Malcom X’s assassination with his daughter present to recount her life’s experiences with him.
11:00 a.m. Book Review, as part of the Black History Makers Forum, Jackson State University and Jackson Public School Students will engage in intellectual discourse while discussing her book, Growing up X: A Memoir by the Daughter of Malcolm X.
6:00 pm Intergenerational Dialogue between Ilyasah Shabazz and Reena Evers (daughter of Medgar Evers) will be held in the New Student Center, Ballroom A. Reena Evers-Everett is currently the Executive Director of the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute which provides education and civil-engagement programs to show Medgar Evers' vision on civil rights. Through the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, Mrs. Evers-Everett, engages thousands of high school students across the country to learn about the Civil Rights Movement and ways to overcome cultural barriers. This inter-generational conversation between Reena Evers and Ilyasah Shabazz will be groundbreaking…the first ever public conversation between to the two daughters of human rights martyrs in Mississippi. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015: Shabazz will participate in an 8:00 am “Read-In” at Brown Elementary. There, she will discuss her children’s book, MALCOLM LITTLE: the Boy Who Would Grow up To Become Malcolm X (Simon and Schuster). The book is beautifully illustrated and has had overwhelmingly positive response from young children.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 11:30 am., while the theme of the forum is “Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Malcolm X”, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students will engage and present their scholarship before an audience of their peers, faculty/staff, and professional scholars centered around the theme of the “Life and Legacy of Malcolm X” and interdisciplinary topics.
For more information, please feel free to contact
The Hamer Institute @ COFO
or call 601-979-1563