July 22, 1962 |
Queens, New York, United States
|Occupation||Author, motivational speaker|
Shabazz had an apolitical upbringing in a racially integrated neighborhood in Mount Vernon, New York. Her family never took part in demonstrations or attended rallies. Together with her sisters, she joined Jack and Jill, a social club for the children of well-off African Americans. She considered an acting career, though her mother was not supportive.
Concerning her father, Shabazz told an interviewer, "My mother always talked about our father, her husband, but ... she didn't talk about these things that defined my father as the icon." To learn about her father, Shabazz read his autobiography as a college student, and enrolled in a class to learn more.
Education and career
Shabazz was a student at The Masters School. After high school, she attended State University of New York at New Paltz. When she arrived, other African-American students expected her to be a firebrand. They had already elected her an officer of the Black Student Union.
Shabazz wrote Growing Up X, her memoir of her childhood and her personal views on her father, in 2002. A devout Muslim, she made the pilgrimage to Mecca, the hajj, in 2006 as her father had in 1964 and her mother did in 1965.
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