SAPD Issues Thousands of Tickets for Homelessness

SAPD Issues Thousands of Tickets for Homelessness

News: Data and records obtained by the Current show that between January 1, 2013, and early October of this year the San Antonio... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta and Elaine Wolff 10/22/2014
6 Sinfully Good Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in SA

6 Sinfully Good Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in SA

Food & Drink: Cheesy Jane’s. Multiple locations, If the name is any indicator, this San Antonio staple doesn’t mess around when it comes to... By Tommie Ethington 10/22/2014
Alamo Ice House Brings Hill Country to Downtown

Alamo Ice House Brings Hill Country to Downtown

Food & Drink: There was a special kind of draw at Alamo Ice House on a recent Tuesday evening. A handful of weeks after opening its... By Jessica Elizarraras 10/22/2014
A Closer Look: The ins and outs of a few important races

A Closer Look: The ins and outs of a few important races

News: For more than a year now gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott have dominated airwaves and secured way... By Mark Reagan 10/22/2014
‘Walking the Camino’ Explores a Treacherous Trek Through Spain

‘Walking the Camino’ Explores a Treacherous Trek Through Spain

Screens: In the Middle Ages, pilgrims walked the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago de Compostela as a pilgrimage to the tomb of Apostle St. James. It was an... By Stephen James Ross 10/22/2014

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Arts & Culture

Malcolm X's daughter to speak at Trinity University

Photo: , License: N/A

Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, delivers Trinity University's Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture on January 17. It's somewhat ironic, given that the two were estranged for most of their lives. X distanced himself from King by saying “violence in self-defense isn’t violence — it’s intelligence.” Shabazz seemed surprised about the title of her lecture when contacted by the Current.
“Oh, really? Am I speaking about Dr. King? I thought I was going to talk about 'Growing Up X,'” Shabazz said, referring to her title for the talk.

Shabazz earned a master of science in education and human resource development and a bachelor of science in biology from Fordham University. She was there with President Bill Clinton as part of the U.S. delegation that attended Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in South Africa in 1994.

Your father was murdered in front of your eyes, but in your book you say you don’t remember any of it. How do you remember him?
Most of my memories of my father are flickering. I wasn’t quite three years old when he was killed. I remember a beautiful voice, a beautiful smile with big pearly white teeth. He was loving, compassionate, and that’s how most people remember the personal side of him — very personal, very warm, with a great sense of humor, which both of my parents had. I also remember a rocking chair he had given me, and he once gave my two sisters and me these three beautiful brown dolls. It’s those kinds of memories that I have.

Given the early differences your father had with Dr. King, I found it very significant that your visit was announced as a “Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture” and not one about your father. Though their differences became smaller later on, it is still hard to talk about Dr. King without talking about your father, and vice versa.
I think that when most people talk about Dr. King they do talk about Malcolm X and vice versa. Talking about freedom fighters, martyrs who gave up their life for the betterment of humanity, especially during the Civil Rights movement, it was very hard to talk about one without talking about the other. When we think of revolutionaries, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, usually we don’t choose one over the other; they’re all held in high esteem for giving their life for the freedom of their country. Among people of color the same consideration should be given: Both Malcolm and Martin contributed in a very significant way. We should never choose one over the other. But in the case of W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington, [African Americans have] almost been conditioned to choose one over the other instead of embracing both of their contributions. The same with Dr. King. Growing up, we were very close to [Dr. King’s] family.

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus