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Ilyasah Shabazz is Keynote Speaker for Martin Luther King Remembrance

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Great American Dream Realty

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, yesterday I attended a speech by Malcolm X's daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz. She was the keynote speaker at the remembrance ceremony at the Unitarian Church in Burlington. Her speech was riveting. She spoke about how, as a community, to raise our children in a tone of love and acceptance to help create a better world. She also spoke about getting children involved early in some form of community service and how all children should have goals and be encouraged to be the best they can be. She spoke out strongly against hate crimes and reminded us that children are born with love in their hearts. They learn hate and hate is not natural.

Ilyasah's father, Malcolm X, was murdered when she was a young child. Her mother raised her and her five sisters on her own. I believe she said that they all have PhDs. Her indomitable mother worked hard to raise a strong family and never gave up, despite the odds. Ilyasah spoke of how her mother threw herself on top of her children to protect them as her husband was being gunned down with twenty two bullets and told of a Molatov cocktail being thrown into the nursery window shortly after her twin sisters were born just after her father was murdered. What a difficult life that must have been for a widowed woman of color to raise six young daughters on her on in the 1960's.

The ceremony opened with the children's choir and closed with hymns by the lively gospel choir. I had never been to such a ceremony before and truly enjoyed the energy and sense of community that was fostered.

Ilyasah spoke of the deep friendship between her family and that of Dr. King's family. I enjoyed listening to Ilyasah's speech very much and wished I could have listened to her for several more hours, or even speak with her personally. I am going to purchase her memoir, 'Growing up X'. Her story is fascinating. I would encourage anyone to look up this very interesting woman.

Comments (10)

Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Ir should remind us that angry voices of hatred and demonizing a group should not be tolerated, in face the only thing to not be tolerant of is intolerance.

Jan 18, 2016 11:33 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Lisa, She is an awesome speaker. I heard her speak in San Antonio a few years ago in honor of MLK Day too. She is so right about how children are taught to hate. The children are the future, and their training to vital for continued growth and survival. Glad you go to see her.

Jan 18, 2016 11:47 AM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
35 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Jerry Newman , it certainly was a privilege to see such a fine lady in person. I am happy that you got to see her too.

Jan 18, 2016 11:53 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

How interesting. I was told she was an excellent speaker and very inspirational...

Thanks for sharing.

Sam Shueh

Jan 18, 2016 02:10 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

It is amazing...small children have no hate. It is truly taught...not part of their DNA.

Jan 19, 2016 12:24 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Lisa ... great post, the photos are wonderful and your post has been featured to the group:


Jan 21, 2016 10:12 AM
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
35 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Thank you, ROBERT SWETZ . I appreciate the feature!

Jan 21, 2016 11:30 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Your welcome 

Jan 21, 2016 12:12 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sounds like a great event and motivating speaker Lisa, thanks for sharing the event!

Jan 21, 2016 01:35 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

I've heard her speak Lisa and she is articulate, intelligent and beautiful and gets the message across.  The problem is that those of us who would attend a speech or meeting that she led, are already in sync with her perspectives.  How do you get a Ted Cruz or Donald Trump to listen to sanity?

Jan 22, 2016 06:00 AM