Mission: Rooted in our abiding belief in Black power, possibility, and sovereignty, The Shabazz Center facilitates thought exchange around racial equity, justice, and cultural production, in the spirit of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz. Through both global and local outreach, educational programming and engagement with the African Diaspora, The Shabazz Center is a generative, action-oriented community organization, committed to growing social movements that empower and prepare people for leadership in civil society.
HOW WE CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIAL CHANGE: As a multi-faceted memorial and cultural space, The Shabazz Center understands that community-led institutions with strong values are invaluable to social change and positive identity formation. That is why we will be building youth leadership within the greater New York City community, along with fortifying our commitment to civic engagement and cultural production, both of which are commitments grounded in our legacy of racial equity and social movement building. We seek to uplift the importance of cultural production, radical scholarship and community-based programming as critical tools that allow for communities across the globe to wrestle with our present realities, and do the work of building new, more sustainable and life- giving worlds. The Shabazz Center is poised to help usher in wide-ranging narrative shifts through programming that we see as necessary for social transformation.
The Journey from the Audubon Ballroom to the Shabazz Center
Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965 at the Audubon Ballroom, located in the Washington Heights section of upper Manhattan. The doors to the ballroom closed shortly after. Due to a lack of payment back taxes, the City of New York assumed ownership of the building in 1967, and for years, the fate of the Audubon Ballroom and Theater was uncertain.
The Shabazz Center serves as a home for the continuance of both Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz's work and legacy. The Shabazz Center is not a museum, but rather a functional and operational space that is both a living memorial and a space for education, culture and activism. In addition to events and exhibitions programmed by the center, the space is also available for use by organizations. Contact us if you're interested in visiting or using The Shabazz Center.
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