Interview: Attallah Shabazz Talks Abo...

Interview: Attallah Shabazz Talks About Her Father, Malcolm X

There are 6 comments on the WNBC New York story from Oct 12, 2008, titled Interview: Attallah Shabazz Talks About Her Father, Malcolm X. In it, WNBC New York reports that:

The following is a transcript of an interview conducted by Gabe Pressman, talking with Attallah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X: Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, giant figure ...

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Tedla Asfaw

New York, NY

#1 Oct 21, 2008
I am an Ethiopian who have resided in New York City for more than twenty years and learned a lot about Malcolm X by watching movies and reading books about him.

This past summer my thirteen year old boy was given as summer project to read the autobiography of Malcolm X as told by Alex Haley for which Attallah Shabazz his eldest daughter wrote the Forward.

I had an opportunity to read this fascinating book and talk with my son what he has learned from this project which also brought an opportunity for myself to know many things I have not known before and to appreciate this straight talker more than ever.

Malcolm on his foreign visit however my country Ethiopia was not mentioned as we all know that Addis Ababa is the home of the Organization of African Unity and the late King Haile Selassie was the major actor for its formation.

It is true Malcolm X might have no personal relationship with Ethiopian leaders like Mandella who praised Ethiopia in his own autobiography.

It is unfortunate Ethiopia a pride of Black people never mentioned in this fascinating book about the life and struggle of Malcolm X and I will be glad if you forward this to sister Attallah Shabazz for her feedback.


Tedla Asfaw

New York City

United States

#3 Aug 7, 2009
You are a Fool Black n Proud, Malcolm would Laugh to think that there is such a Fool as yourself walking around in modern day Earth. You are Ingorant and Unimportant. You SUCKS!!!!!

Buea, Cameroon

#4 Dec 1, 2009
Wishing nothing but peace to the family. They have a very difficult legacy and you can see that Quibilah, the second daughter and her son, Malcom`s namesake are really struggling. Not an easy thing to watch your father being gunned down. Malcom himself was troubled growing up and he did very well to get where he did and try to help the community considering the life he had as a young boy (father and uncles all murdered by white supremists, grandmother raped, mother put in a mental hospital, moved from foster home to foster home)And his wife, Betty Shabazz had many of the same issues in her own family. Im hoping somewhere down the line this family can work their issues out and be proud of the legacy of strength that is Malcom X.

Nothing but peace and blessings to the family and power to Attalla Shabazz.
Lamin sanyang

Banjul, Gambia

#5 Feb 25, 2010
First of all i want to let the whole world to know the impact that Elhajj malik El- Shabazz (Malcolm X)has made on me. I did not know nothing about my history. I know so little about my culture. I was never proud about it. I used to feel so inferior about being born black.
I was going down the hill when i first laid hands on the Autobiography of Malcolm x 'as told to Alex Haley.It totally transform my entire life. It broadens my scope.It opens my eyes.It opens the world for me. The love i got for Malcolm is so much. words could not express.
I am a young man of Gambian nationality. The Gambia is a small country near Senegal, in West Africa.
Malcolm X refused to die. He still continue toinspired the statue of liberty all over. He inspired pride in young blacks throughout the whole world. He inspired self-esteem to the under privileges all over the world. His legacy must move to the highest height.
Attalah Shabazz you are doing the right thing. You have taken the right step. Never think or feel that you are alone in this thing. We are with you all time.We are together in this thing with all our heart and soul. love you. Keep your head high.

Oslo, Norway

#6 Jun 16, 2010
Malcolm was awesome in that he progressed beyond hate & rancour to justice and peace. From hating his enemy to working with anyone who would establish a global recognition of the injustices of colonialism.
Antar Baker

Woodstock, IL

#7 Feb 21, 2012
Asfaw, You are right. There should have been a mention of Ethiopia in this book. Being that Malcolm was influenced by Emperor Haile Selassie I & the OAU. In fact, students of Haile Selassie I University carried Malcolm across campus on their shoulders. The editor of the book basically cut out the Africa aspect of Malcolm's trip and focused on Mecca. It is also worth mentioning that Malcolm came from a Garveyite household. His father was a Garveyite Minister that was so radical that he was killed by the kkk. I always wonder how great Malcolm would have been if he hadn't lost his father & was raised as a Garveyite.

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