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The Rosa Parks Luncheon
February 28, 11AM
Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center

Rowan University's Africana Studies Rosa Parks Committee welcomes educator, activist, motivational speaker, and mentor, Ilyasah Al Shabazz as the 12th annual luncheon speaker. This year's luncheon will commemorate the Black History Month theme: "The Crisis in Black Education".  

The luncheon has become one of Africana Studies' most highly anticipated and well-attended events. Year after year, hundreds of attendees from around the region gather to celebrate the legacy of Rosa Parks and raise funds for the Dr. Gary Hunter Scholarship (former professor of history and one of the founders of the Africana Studies Program) for deserving sudents from our undergraduate population.

This year's keynote speaker, Ilyasah Al Shabazz, author of several award-winning publications such as: a coming of age memoir entitled, Growing Up X; a children's illustration book entitled, Malcom Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcom X, and a young adult historical fiction book entitled, X: A Novel (winner of a 2016 NAACP Image Award).

Ilyasah 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.

Ilyasah serves as a Trustee for The Harlem Symphony Orchestra, the Malcom X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, and The Malcolm X Foundation. She is a member of the Arts Committee for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center and a project advisor for the PBS award-winning Prince Among Slaves documentary.

Rosa Parks Luncheon