Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center
The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center is a memorial to Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz located in New York City. Its stated purpose is to carry on the work of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz "through the advancement of human rights and social justice".
The Shabazz Center is located in the Audubon Ballroom in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, where Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965. It opened on May 19, 2005, the 80th anniversary of Malcolm X's birth.
The Shabazz Center is decorated with a 63-foot (19-meter) mural depicting the life of Malcolm X and a life-size bronze statue of the human rights activist. It includes six interactive kiosks that provide information about the lives of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. The kiosks were developed by Columbia University's Digital Knowledge Ventures and Professor Manning Marable of the university's African American Studies department. The center also is home to documents related to Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz.
The Audubon Ballroom had fallen into disrepair after the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X, and by the mid-1970s it had become the property of New York City. In the early 1980s, Columbia University proposed the construction of a modern biotechnology center on the site, a plan that later grew to include a research park. Columbia, aware of the significance of the site, sought Betty Shabazz's approval for the project. She appealed for the preservation of the ballroom where her husband had been shot.
After a decade of wrangling between the university, the city, and historic preservation organizations, the Audubon Business and Technology Center was completed. Betty Shabazz oversaw the development of the Malcolm X Educational Foundation, which she hoped would host international conferences and educate the public about human rights. Plans for the site briefly stalled after Shabazz's death in 1997, but the scope of the center was expanded and it eventually was completed.
- "About Us". The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
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- "Our History". The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
- Richardson, Clem (August 23, 2010). "Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center Continues to Define Itself". Daily News.