Illyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s Daughter, Headlines NJ NAACP Convention In October


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Illyasah Shabazz, the daughter of the late legendary civil rights leader Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, will be a keynote speak at the annual New Jersey State Conference, which will be held Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14th at the Westin at Forrestal Village, 201 Village Blvd. in Princeton.

She is the third daughter of Malcolm X and was 2-years-old when her father was murdered in front of his family in 1965 while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights in New York City.

Shabazz has moved on to write a memoir, “Growing Up X,” became a community organizer, social activist and motivational speaker.

Shabazz will be the convention’s gala keynote speaker on Friday, Oct. 12. Fania Davis, a civil rights trial attorney and one of the leading voices in the restorative justice movement, will be the luncheon speaker on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Friday’s events include an opening plenary session, workshops on ACT-SO, veterans and armed services, and environmental justice before the evening awards gala. Saturday’s events include a morning plenary before the membership luncheon, followed by workshops and a legislative reception/mixer. A closing plenary will be held on Sunday.

The President’s Award, Rosa Parks Secretary Award, Unit Award, and three Membership Laydown Awards will be recognized during Friday’s luncheon. The state conference said that all entries for the awards must be submitted by Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The state conference is also looking for sponsors.

“We invite you to make a commitment to support our convention by becoming a sponsor,” a statement on its website said. “We believe sponsoring our convention would showcase your support and commitment to equality for all people, and provide opportunities that can assist you in reaching a market within New Jersey and the tri-state area.”

For more information about the state conference’s convention, go to the website:


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