Ambassador Attallah Shabazz is a sought-after speaker throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. She is teaching one of her signature courses, “Nationality, Nature & Nuance,” at UCLA TFT in Fall Quarter 2016.
A producer, writer and diplomat, she has spent more than 40 years offering keynote addresses, while developing curriculums and programs for educational institutions, executive forums, diplomatic networks, penal systems, conferences and human service organizations around the world, with the purpose of motivating and encouraging the young and mature alike to value and appreciate diverse cultural engagement, traditional rights of passage and perspectives.
Ambassador Shabazz is recognized as a masterful creator and an astute businesswoman. Fondly termed by her colleagues as an “ideas architect,” she is a strategist and technician quick to discern the integrity, theme and ultimate goal of each endeavor she undertakes.
Raised in Westchester County, New York, she is the eldest of six daughters born to Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X Shabazz. As a promise to her father, her mother made sure she attended New York City’s United Nations International School. After graduation, she enrolled in Briarcliff College, as an international law major with a minor in English.
A proud alumna of the United Nations International School, she returned to counsel and coach the senior classes from 1991-2010, and continues to guide many graduates today in their global capacities.
In 1977, Ambassador Shabazz and Yolanda King founded Nucleus, Inc., an eight-member “edutainment” troupe based in New York and Los Angeles, traveling to an average of 100 U.S. cities per year until 1994, acquainting her with the roadmap of national systems, networks and advancement in regions around the country.
In 1996, she established The Pilgrimage Foundation in honor of her father’s spiritual journey to the Holy Land in 1964. “It offered him the ‘Light of Understanding’ and confirmed his vision for our Oneness,” she says. In tribute to her mother’s lifelong legacy of service and as an educator, as well as the leadership of both sets of grandparents and their parents before them, thus uniting five languages, three religions, social histories and traditions, she has remained steadfast in guiding experiences that expand one’s own personal prism and regard for others. The Pilgrimage Foundation has touched hundreds of thousands of lives around the world, reaching the underserved as well as the privileged, from shelters, correctional facilities and villages to metropolises, state houses and royal compounds.
Ambassador Shabazz is also the founder of Tapestry Bridge, Legacy Inc. “Everybody Has One,” The Humanity Passport Project and the Malcolm X Shabazz Birthplace & Foundation.
In 2002, after years of personal service, the Hon. Said Musa, Esq., former prime minister of Belize, recognized her as a key advisor on International Cultural Affairs & Project Development, and appointed her as the ambassador-at-large, representing Belize internationally and in perpetuity. During her tenure she has also worked with the Ministries of Human Development, Culture, Education, Youth & Sports, along with the nonprofit and private sector in Belize incorporating her insights, guidance and partnership. She has had the honor of being invited to participate in the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Briefing Forums and The United Nations Association. Much of her expertise centers on fostering diplomatic relations between cultures as well as discerning traditional and contemporary practices, human resource training, economic development and capacity building.
Ambassador Shabazz has offered her dedicated alliances as an appointed member of the Switzerland-based World Economic Forum’s Task Force on the Digital Divide; serves on a number of international humanitarian boards; councils and committees; and offers private consultation to many executive and diplomatic leaders.
She has written op-ed commentaries and articles for newspapers and periodicals such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Essence and El Mundo, among others. In 1999, she was honored to write the new foreword to her father’s classic, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and is currently completing her own memoir, From Mine Eyes.