Professor Ilyasah Shabazz Keynote Speaker for UAPB Black History Month


PINE BLUFF, ARKANSAS – Dr. Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and an award-winning author, educator, and producer, will be the distinguished keynote speaker for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Black History Month celebration on Friday, February 16, 2024, at 10:00 AM in the UAPB STEM Conference Center.

Shabazz, a renowned scholar and advocate for social justice, brings a wealth of knowledge and inspiration. She has authored five historical novels, has served as project advisor for the PBS award-winning film Prince Among Slaves documentary, and is currently producing a television series based on her latest publication, The Awakening of Malcolm X, with Sony Pictures Television’s TriStar.

Her commitment to preserving and promoting African American history and culture resonates deeply with the university’s mission to celebrate diversity and foster inclusivity. “We are honored and excited to welcome Professor Ilyasha Shabazz as the distinguished speaker for our Annual Black History Month celebration,” Dr. Laurence B. Alexander, UAPB Chancellor, said. “This year’s celebration holds a special significance as we recognize and honor the profound impact of African American contributions that have shaped our nation throughout history.”

Shabazz is the chairperson of Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center Board of Trustees. In her work to preserve her parents’ legacy, she has dedicated herself to institution-building and intergenerational leadership development with the tenants of diversity, equity, and inclusion. “We take immense pride in our university’s 150-year legacy as a Historically Black College and University (HBCU),” he said. “Our commitment to diversity and the inclusion of diverse voices is unwavering.” Alexander said the university’s celebration “reaffirms our commitment to fostering an environment that not only recognizes the achievements of the past but also actively engages in creating new opportunities for the future. We believe in the power of education to inspire change, and Professor Shabazz’s address promises to be a source of inspiration for all.” As president and founder of Ilyasah Shabazz Enterprises, she produces a variety of forums dedicated to power, possibility, and sovereignty.

The UAPB community and the public are invited to attend this enlightening and engaging event, where Professor Shabazz will deliver a thought-provoking address highlighting the importance of understanding and honoring the contributions of African Americans throughout history.

For additional information and inquiries about the event, please contact Frank D. Dorsey, II, Dean of Student Involvement & Leadership, at [email protected] or 870-575-8866.