Malcolm X's daughter Ilyasah Shabazz on Black Lives Matter and her father's legacy
As Audible releases Shabazz's memoir, along with The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the activist discusses the importance of structural change.
Laurence Fishburne did such a magnificent performance. I felt like my father was here. Laurence just captures every emotion, every thought ... My family and I are really pleased he's performing my father's story, and that the autobiography remains a definitive statement within an ever-evolving civil rights and human rights movement.
Yes. The first time I read the autobiography in an adult perspective and completely was when I went to college, and I took a course on the life and times of Malcolm X. My professor, George Roberts, helped me to understand the icon Malcolm. My mother didn't focus on the icon because that meant you had to introduce injustice, and we were too young for that. She witnessed her husband being gunned down, and I would imagine it had to have been challenging for her.
I really appreciated how [Malcolm's] compassion spoke loudly. There were just so many virtues he had as a young man during a time when he wasn't recognized as a full-fledged human, and yet he was able to still do the work and be so committed to end injustice and to embrace humanity.
We have to control the narrative. We have to make that change. My father said, "If you put a knife in my back nine inches, and you only pull it out six inches, the knife is still in my back." We have to pull the knife completely out and then address the wound the blow made.
Malcolm X's daughter Ilyasah Shabazz on Black Lives Matter and her father's legacy - CNET