Photos credit: Isseu Diouf Campbell
On the morning of February 21, 2023, Ilyasha Shabazz, one of Malcolm X’s daughters, joined civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Ray Hamlin at the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center to announce a 100-million-dollar lawsuit against government agencies and the NYPD for the alleged assassination and fraudulent concealment of evidence surrounding Malcolm X’s murder.
In the evening, Ilyasha Shabazz was joined by her sisters Gamilah, Malaak, and Qubilah Shabazz. They presented Vanguard awards to Attorney Ben Crump, Joy Reid, Amy Goodman, Tamara Payne, Gwen Carr, and Dr. Angela Davis, the evening’s keynote speaker.
The Afrikan Healing Circle Drummers opened and closed the celebration. Rev. Dr. Mother Khoshhali conducted the libation, and poet Jessica Care Moore and jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold entertained the audience.
TV personality Marc Lamont Hill hosted the commemorative program with his young son.
Civil rights activist Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965, at age 39, while speaking at the Audubon Ballroom. He was shot 21 times by a group of men in front of his wife and daughters.