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Dr. Ilyasah Shabazz, Daughter Of Malcolm X, Headlines CAIR Banquet That Centers On Middle East Conflict



By Williamena Kwapo | OBSERVER Staff Writer

Dr. Ilyasah Shabazz, an award-winning author, educator, producer, and the third daughter of the iconic civil rights leader Malcolm X, gives the keynote address at the 19th annual Council on American-Islamic Relations Sacramento Valley/Central California banquet. Louis Bryant III, OBSERVER

Dr. Ilyasha Shabazz, daughter of the late activist Malcolm X, came to Sacramento on Nov. 4  and declared American Muslims can play a key role in the ongoing struggle for liberation both at home and abroad.

“I believe that we American Muslims are best positioned to lead the world in articulating a bold vision for Islam and Muslims in the 21st century,” Dr. Shabazz told more than 900 people at a banquet at the DoubleTree hotel hosted by the Sacramento Valley/Central California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s leading Muslim civil rights organization.

Shabazz, an accomplished author, educator and activist who headlined the event, invoked her late father’s message: “My father said truth does not change, only our awareness of it. Systemic inequality continues to harm communities; institutional racism continues to devastate families; socioeconomic disparities continue to ruin lives.”

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