FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
The 11th Annual Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial Lecture & Award Ceremony
WOMEN IN ISLAM, INC. to present AMEENA MATTHEWS, community activist and subject of the
award winning documentary: The Interrupters with the 11th Annual
Dr. Betty Shabazz Award
Held in honor of Dr. Betty Shabazz, the wife of Hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X) this event highlights the contributions of women to social justice. It upholds Dr. Shabazz to our communities, as a Muslim woman committed to her family and to helping women all over the world. Each year, this ceremony recognizes women from all faith backgrounds who have continued her legacy and dedicate their lives to uplifting those around them. Ilyasah Shabazz (daughter of Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz) will present this year’s award to Ameena Matthews.
Event: The 11th Annual Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial Lecture & Award Ceremony
Date: Sunday June 24, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street. Harlem, NY 10037
This year’s event will give awards to three dynamic women leaders who embody a passionate commitment to justice, community, and social transformation. The recipients are: Ameena Matthews, Community Activist for Peace Building and Social Change, Violence Interrupter to receive the Dr. Betty Shabazz Award. Two Compass Awards will be presented to outstanding local leaders: Potri Ranka Manis Queano Nur, Storyteller, Founder/Artistic Director and Tradition- Bearer, Kinding Sindaw and Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director, Applied Research Center (ARC) and Publisher, COLORLINES.COM: News For Action.
Highlights of the ceremony include special performances by Kinding Sindaw, internationally acclaimed Kora player Yacouba Sissoko, and additional guests.
Women In Islam, Inc, is an organization of professional and social activist Muslim women who are dedicated to the empowerment of women through knowledge and practice of Islam.
Our mission is to advance the spiritual and intellectual development of women to empower them as dynamic participants in civil society and as advocates for human rights and social justice. For additional information, visit our website: www.womeninislam.org.