Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, to celebrate Black History Month on Friday in Baton Rouge _lowres

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, file photo, Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, speaks about her father and family with a mural depicting their lives behind her, as family, activists, actors, and politicians remembered the civil rights leader during a ceremony at the New York site in Harlem where he was killed 50 years earlier to the day. Shabazz and prize-winning authors Gary Paulsen and M.T. Anderson are among the 10 nominees on the National Book Awards' long list for young people's literature, the National Book Foundation announced, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

The daughter of activist Malcolm X will speak Friday at BREC’s Independence Park Theatre during a Black History Month celebration.

Ilyasah Shabazz, who wrote the memoir “Growing Up X,” is one of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz’s six children. She travels nationally and internationally with youth empowerment programs and humanitarian delegations to carry on her family legacy.

Her father once famously said, “a man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”

The Black History Month program will feature an interview with Shabazz, along with musical and theatrical performances.

“We hope that by offering programs like this, we can honor those who played such important roles in the Civil Rights movement while reflecting on the progress that has been made over the past few decades,” said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight in a statement.

Shabazz was just two years old when her father was assassinated in 1965 in Manhattan, and her family was present when he was killed. She is a devout Muslim.

The Black History Month celebration will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m on Friday at 7800 Independence Boulevard. It’s free and open to the public.


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