BREC will celebrate Black History Month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Independence Park Theatre, 7800 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, with a presentation of “Growing Up X” that will feature Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz.
The program is free and will feature theatrical performances, musical selections and an interview with Ilyasah Shabazz.
A community organizer, social activist, motivational speaker and author of “Growing Up X,” Shabazz promotes higher education, interfaith dialogue and building bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world, a news release said.
“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Shabazz to BREC as part of our annual celebration. 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,” BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight said. “Our hope is that we can use experiences like this to bring us closer together as a community.”
Shabazz produces The WAKE-UP Tour, a youth empowerment program; participates on international humanitarian delegation; is the founder of Malcolm X Enterprises; and a trustee for the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.
She serves on the board of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra, is a member of the Arts Committee for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center and a project adviser for the PBS documentary, “Prince Among Slaves.”