About the Author

Ilyasah Shabazz is an activist, motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed, Growing Up X. Ilyasah promotes higher education, interfaith dialogue, and building bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world. She produces The WAKE-UP Tour™, her exclusive youth empowerment program, to mentor students throughout the country; and participates on international humanitarian delegations. She is founder of Malcolm X Enterprises, trustee for The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center as well as The Malcolm X Foundation. Ilyasah serves on the Board for the Harlem Symphonic Orchestra, is a member of the Art Committee for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, and is a project advisor for the Prince Among Slaves documentary. She holds a Master of Science in Education and Human Resource Development and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. For further information, please visit ilyasahshabazz.com