Baptism Ceremony and Malcolm X Drive Lecture with Ilyasah Shabazz

United African Movement

The United Afrikan Movement, Black Lives Matter NWI – Gary and community supporters welcome the public to the street sign unveiling and naming ceremony for Malcolm X Drive in Gary, with special guest Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter by Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. This event will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the corner of 25th and Malcolm X Drive (Ellis Ave). Ms. Shabazz will also speak that evening at an event beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Indiana University Northwest (IUN) Bergland Auditorium, 3400 Broadway, hosted by IUN’s Department of Minority Studies.

The unveiling of Malcolm X Drive in historic Gary, Indiana is the culmination of a 22-year community campaign that petitioned lawmakers, held events, staged street cleanups and garnered nearly 4,000 signatures. in an effort to have the streets of Virginia, Ellis & Georgia renamed in honor of human rights icon Malcolm X.

In addition to author Ilyasah Shabazz, the nomination ceremony will include other guest speakers, as well as African drumming, dancing and cultural performances.

For more information, please contact Kwabena Rasuli at 219.680.9055.

Angela C. Hale