WINSTON-SALEM — Two daughters of civil rights activist, Malcolm X, visited Wake Forest University Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Ambassador Attallah Shabazz and Ilyasah Shabazz were the keynote speakers at the 16th annual celebration inside Wait Chapel where King spoke more than 50 years ago. The theme of this year’s program was “On Common Ground: The Future is Dependent on Us.”
Discussions included an exploration of King and Malcolm X’s connection as well as the current racial and political climate in the U.S. The women also shared stories of their father.
“To know him on the domestic side of the threshold of our household– he was an absolutely accessible father, human being, husband, man, friend and not at all like the accountings of him which is really disheartening after this amount of time,” said Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter.
Winston-Salem State University collaborated with Wake Forest University to host the joint celebration.