Memorial service held for Malcolm Shabazz

HERB BOYD Special to the AmNews | 6/6/2013, 3:27 p.m.
Memorial service held for Malcolm Shabazz

If there were not a surfeit of words for Shabazz, she had plenty of advice to Black men and women about getting their act together to begin "a thorough investigation" of their souls.

Former Mayor of Mount Vernon Ernest Davis invoked young Shabazz, indicating that he was "on the road to that love" Sister Souljah talked about. But it was the entire Shabazz family that was his focus, as he conjured the treatise of Willie Lynch and the slogans of Marcus Garvey. "The Shabazz family has contributed mightily," he said, and he thanked them for this unwavering commitment.

Malaak Shabazz, Shabazz's aunt and daughter of Malcolm X, thanked First Corinthian for allowing the services to be held there, though Senior Pastor Michael Waldron was not able to be there to officiate. However, the Rev. Tory Liferidge, with the able assistance of Terrie Williams, moved the more than two hours along seamlessly.

While there were other heartfelt comments from other members of the Shabazz family, including from Ruth Clark and Mary Redd Adrienne and Nadia Testamark, it was left for Ilyasah Shabazz, Malaak's sister, to capture the narrative thread of the affair, thoughtfully citing that her father and Shabazz "were spiritually connected." Both were self-educated, and young Malcolm, she explained, was fluent in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. "He had accomplished so much in such a short amount of time," she added.

Both Malcolms, she concluded, were strong, worked hard and stood up for their people. "They are together now ... together in victory."

Their victory will be celebrated by generations to come, and such talented and promising voices as Dominique Sharpton, Messiah, Angela Freeman, Jiwe and Locksmith and Jaheim seem to guarantee the perpetuation of that light so brilliantly radiated by Malcolm Shabazz.

"When I think of you," sang recording artist Jaheim, "I got to be strong and move on ... I miss you."