September 29, 2016

Black history month event rescheduled

DSC_6396After canceling due to a personal emergency, Ilyasah Shabazz is rescheduled to speak about her life as the youngest daughter of Malcolm X.

The event, titled “Growing Up X,” will be held in Nerinx Hall’s Heagney Theatre (530 E. Lockwood Ave.) March 31 at 7 p.m.

The event is hosted by Webster University Campus Activities and the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs. It was set to be a part of Webster University’s Black History Month celebrations in February. It was originally scheduled for Feb. 24.

Director of Student Engagement Jennifer Stewart said the event will be primarily a moderated discussion.

“That was at Ms. Shabazz’s request; she wanted a chance to interact with students and have more of a conversation than giving a lecture,” Stewart said.

At the event, Shabazz will discuss her life, published books and philanthropy work.

“She’ll be talking about what it means to grow up as the daughter of someone like Malcolm X, and how that played into her childhood and her adulthood,” Stewart said.

The moderated discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A. Shabazz will sign copies of her books after the discussion. Copies of her work can be purchased at the event.

Tickets for the event are free and open to the public but are required for attendance. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and all seating is general admission. Tickets can be picked up at the University Center Information Desk.

“Growing Up X” was not the only Black History Month event at Webster that was cancelled. A planned lecture by major activists in the Black Lives Matter movement was cancelled as well. In a March 3 article in The Journal, movement cofounder Alicia Garza said the event was cancelled due to threats made against the speakers. The event was not rescheduled.

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