Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015. New York City – February is Black History Month and The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center has different events to celebrate it.
2/21/2015 – Malcom X 50th Memorial Commemoration.
The Shabazz Center will partner with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, NYPL to commemorate the 50th commemoration of the assassination of El-Hajj Malik Shabazz on February 21, 2015.
Malcolm X Make It Plain (Full PBS Documentary).
‘The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center transforms the history site of my father’s martyrdom into an oasis of support for the ongoing struggle for social justice. For years the fate of the Audubon Ballroom and Theater was uncertain. Located in the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan, the doors of the Audubon closed shortly after my father’s assassination. Due to a lack of payment back taxes, the City of New York assumed ownership of the building in 1967. It was eventually purchased by the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, which intended to demolish the entire building and erect a medical research center in its place. This plan however was met with fierce opposition by grass roots groups as well as my mother—all of whom wanted the building to remain standing as a memorial to my father’s humanitarian efforts; and, as a permanent symbol of the African American struggle for equality,”_Ilyasah Shabazz
Ilyasah adds, “After much debate, an agreement was reached to restore a section of the building as a memorial to my father. My mother was integral to the planning for The Malcolm X Memorial Center. She looked forward to “retiring” to the Center where she would continue her work but now full-time preserving the integrity of her husband’s legacy.”
The mission of The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center honors the lives and legacies of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz by continuing the work of Al Hajj Malik, Malcolm X, and Dr. Betty Al-Shabazz through the advancement of human rights and social justice.
This year, Black History Month 2015 began on Sunday, February 1 and ends on Saturday, February 28.
Events at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
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