Malcolm X daughter Malaak Shabazz to keynote event

Malaak Shabazz will be the keynote speaker at a community discussion on the Pan African Federalist Movement and conference held in Ghana in December.

Malaak Shabazz, the fifth daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, will help raise funds for Decatur-based Kilombo Academic and Cultural Center on Jan. 14.

Shabazz, a human rights activist for racial equality and lecturer, will be the keynote speaker at a community discussion at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on Pan African Federalist Movement and conference held in Ghana in December.  She has traveled extensively across the U.S. and Africa educating women, which was her late mother's passion.

The Kilombo Academic and Cultural Center on Columbia Drive in Decatur is an independent African-centered freedom school founded in 2005 to help its students "recognize ourselves as part of a global African community and commit to serve the interests of African people wherever we are in the world."

It serves children in pre-K to eighth grade.

Shabazz and her twin sister Malikah were born Sept. 30, 1965, seven months after the assassination of their father on Feb. 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, N.Y.

The discussion on the Pan African Federalist Movement starts at  at 6:30 p.m.  

Malcolm X daughter Malaak Shabazz to keynote event supporting Kilombo school

Malaak Shabazz

Shabazz says her trip is for a worthy cause.

"Students from African-centered institutions are our future leaders who will lead us to the unification of diasporic and continental Africans," she said.  

Attorney Robert Bozeman, who co-chairs Kilombo’s board of directors, says they are thankful to Shabazz’s willingness to come to Atlanta to support the freedom school that they are building for our children.

“Building Kilombo is an act of self-determination in keeping with the tradition of her mother and father's legacy," said Bozeman, who is managing partner of the Davis Bozeman Law Firm in Decatur.

The Auburn Avenue Research Library is at 101 Auburn Ave. N.E. in Atlanta.

The program is free to attend but participants are encouraged to donate to Kilombo. Contributions are tax deductible and donations can be made in advance at http://kilomboschool.com/