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YWCA Greater Flint Brings Social Activist Ilyasah Shabazz to Flint

The YWCA Greater Flint is hosting its 22nd annual Circle Luncheon on Thursday, November 7, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Genesys Banquet and Conference Center.  The luncheon is the organization’s major fund-raising event of the year.

The event will feature keynote speaker Ilyasah Shabazz, social activist and daughter of Malcolm X.

Social Activist Ilyasah Shabazz

Professor Ilyasah Shabazz is an inspirational role model and advocate for youth and women and girl empowerment. She promotes higher education for at-risk youth and interfaith dialogue to build bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world.

Ms. Shabazz is the author of four award-winning novels: (1) Growing Up X, a coming-of-age memoir; (2) Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X, an illustration book that promotes self-love, literacy, and leadership ideals for children; (3). X: A Novel, a historical fiction that addresses social challenges confronted by young adults, and her newest, (4). 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.

Event proceeds will benefit the YWCA’s programs in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as newer initiatives focusing on women’s and girls’ empowerment and social justice.

The YWCA has been a staple in the Flint community for over 110 years, serving an average of 2,000 individuals each year. Seats are still available.

Register for the luncheon calling 810-238-8844 by Tuesday, October 29, 2019. There is no cost to register, however guests will be asked to make a $100 suggested donation at the event.

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