For immediate release | February 25, 2014

Ilyasah Shabazz, Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO - Community organizer, activist, motivational speaker and author of the critically acclaimed "Growing Up X," Ilyasah Shabazz is sure to move attendees as she talks about what inspires and motivates her when she appears as an Auditorium Speaker at 2014 ALA Annual Conference from 10:30 - 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 29.

Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, is the founder of Malcolm X Enterprises and is a Trustee for The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. She is co-editor with Herb Boyd of "The Diary of Malcolm X" (forthcoming 2015), worked with illustrator AG Ford on "Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X" (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and with Kekla Magoon on "X" (forthcoming, 2014). Shabazz promotes higher education, interfaith dialogue and building bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world, produces a youth empowerment program called The WAKE-UP Tour™ and participates on international humanitarian delegations.

Maya Angelou said of “Growing Up X,” "Only Ilyasah Shabazz could have told this story and however painful the memories, I congratulate her on the courage to remember, the courage to see, and the courage to say what she saw." ALA Annual Conference attendees will hear directly about the sources of this courage and other inspiration.

Shabazz’s appearance at 2014 ALA Annual Conference is sponsored by Simon & Schuster.

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