Ilyasah Shabazz is a Professor, Speaker, and Author of four award-winning novels: Growing Up X, a coming-of-age memoir; Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X, an illustration book that promotes self-love, literacy, and leadership ideals for children; * X: A Novel, a historical fiction that addresses social challenges confronted by young adults, and her newest, Betty Before X*, a middle school historical fiction that addresses self-acceptance and advocacy work for others.
She has earned an NAACP Image Award, a Walter Dean Myers Honor, a Library of Congress Inaugural Award, an American Library Association Coretta Scott King Honor, a New York Times list of New & Noteworthy Mention, and she was long-listed for the National Book Award.
Professor Shabazz promotes higher education for at-risk youth, interfaith dialogue to build bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world, and she participates on international humanitarian delegations.
She has served as a member of the U.S. Delegation that accompanied President Bill Clinton to South Africa to commemorate election of President Nelson Mandela and the Education & Economic Development initiatives. She was a member of the U.S. Interfaith Leadership Delegation to Mali, West Africa with Malaria No More, and she received a personal letter of acknowledgement for preserving her father’s work from President Barack Obama.
Shabazz holds a Master of Science in Education & Human Resource Development from Fordham University; a Bachelors of Science in Biology from New Paltz College; and she is currently an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.