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Explore the life of Michigan-born civil rights leader Malcolm X when Jackson College hosts a Reading Month Community Event coming March 22 at 6 p.m. in Bert Walker Hall, Rooms 144 & 145.

Residents and readers in Jackson and the surrounding area are invited to join with others across the state in the Great Michigan Read, featuring the title “X: A Novel,” a fictionalized tale of the Malcolm X written by his daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, and Kekla Magoon. Shabazz will be keynote speaker for the evening and share “Reflecting on the Life of Malcolm X.” She is the third daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz and is an educator, activist, motivational speaker, and author. She promotes higher education for at-risk youth, interfaith dialogue to build bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world, and she participates on international humanitarian delegations. The recipient of numerous awards, her latest book, “X: A Novel,” is the winner of a 2016 NAACP Image Award.

“This honor is especially important to me. It is always a high honor to have one’s work recognized by a distinguished organization such as Michigan Humanities Council, and to be an inspiration to readers throughout Michigan,” Shabazz said. Her book explores the Michigan roots of Malcolm X, including the early life experiences, both good and bad, that molded him into one of the most prominent leaders of the 20th century.

This is a free event and all are welcome. To learn more about the Great Michigan Read, visit http://www.michiganhumanities.org/2017-18-great-michigan-read/.

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