Malikah Shabazz’s Siblings: Inside the Lives of Malcolm X’s Daughters

Malikah Shabazz’s Siblings: Inside the Lives of Malcolm X’s Daughters

Deep into American history, few figures loom as large and as indelibly as Malcolm X.

His unwavering commitment to civil rights and his impassioned advocacy for black empowerment continue to resonate across generations.

Amidst his legacy stands Malikah Shabazz, his daughter, a figure both celebrated and scrutinized.

Yet, beyond the Malikah lie the stories of her siblings, each a testament to resilience, determination, and the enduring spirit of familial bonds.

Follow this guide to the end to learn more about Malikah Shabazz’s siblings and how they uphold their father’s legacy.

Who is Malikah Shabazz?

An image of Malikah Shabazz
Malikah died on November 22, 2021, aged 56 (Source: Getty Images)

Malikah Shabazz was born on September 30, 1965, in Midwood, New York, United States.

Her parents were Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz.

Malikah Shabazz and her twin sister, Malaak, were the youngest of Malcolm X’s six daughters with his wife, Betty Shabazz.

She was part of the joint venture that launched the Malcolm X Legacy clothing line to rebrand their father’s message for the modern era.

Unfortunately, Malikah died on November 22, 2021, aged 56, from what the police termed natural causes.

Who are Malikah Shabazz’s siblings?

Malikah Shabazz, the youngest daughter of civil rights activists Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, had five siblings.

Surprisingly, the five siblings are all her sisters, namely:

  • Attallah Shabazz
  • Malaak Shabazz
  • Qubilah Shabazz
  • Ilyasah Shabazz
  • Gamilah Lumumba Shabazz

Attallah Shabazz

An image of Attallah Shabazz
Attalah is the oldest of the Shabazz siblings (source: Getty Images).

Attallah was born on November 16, 1958, in Queens, New York, United States, making her 65 years old currently.

The oldest of the Shabazz siblings, Attallah, was just 6 years old when her father was tragically assassinated.

She is the most known among the 6 daughters of Malcolm X

She attended the elite United Nations International School in Manhattan and studied law at Briarcliff College in upstate New York.

Attallah pursued an acting career and even served as a diplomat for Belize.

In 1997, she released her critically acclaimed memoir, “From Mine Eyes.”

Although she is a prominent figure, she lives a private life; hence, most of his personal information is barely known by online sources.

Malaak Shabazz

An image of Ilyasah and Malaak Shabazz
Ilyasah Shabazz, right, and Malaak Shabazz, daughters of Malcolm X (AP Photo)

Malikah’s twin sister, Malaak, shares a special bond with her.

Malaak was born on September 30, 1965, making her 58 years old as of now.

The two close sisters were born seven months after Malcolm X’s assassination; therefore, they never got a chance to know their father.

Although she did not get a chance to get to know their father well, Malaak is heavily inspired by his legacy and is a self-described “human rights activist.”

Qubilah Shabazz

An image of Qubilah Shabazz
Qubilah Bahiyah Shabazz is the second daughter of Malcolm X. (Source: Getty Images)

She was born on December 25, 1960, making her 63 years old currently.

She was among the witnesses to her father’s assassination in 1965.

Qubilah studies at Princeton University, where she dropped out, and at the University of Paris.

She took classes at the Sorbonne and met L.A. Bouasba, an Algerian man with whom she had a son, Malcolm Shabazz, in 1984.

Their marriage did not last long because it ended in divorce.

Qubilah returned to the US with her son, where she began working odd jobs.

She began drinking heavily.

Qubilah has been in the spotlight more than her sisters because of her involvement in a series of tragedies and scandals.

The major scandal she was involved in was her plot to kill Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, who had fallen out with Malcolm X before his death.

She was arrested and charged but accepted a plea deal to go for treatment for alcohol and drug abuse.

Her son was also involved in a scandal involving the killing of his grandmother, Betty Shabazz.

He was murdered in 2013 in Mexico and died at age 28.

Ilyasah Shabazz

An image of llyasah Shabazz
Ilyasah is the third daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. (Source: Instagram)

She was born on July 22, 1962, aged 61 years.

She is an American author, community organizer, social activist, and motivational speaker.

Ilyasah graduated from the elite Hackley School and obtained her bachelor’s degree from SUNY New Paltz.

In addition, she obtained a master’s degree in human resources from Fordham University.

She published her memoir, “Growing Up X: A Memoir by the Daughter of Malcolm X, in 2002.

In addition to the memoir, she published a children’s book titled “Betty Before X.”

She is active on social media, with an Instagram and a Twitter account.

Gamilah Lumumba Shabazz

An image of Gamilah Lumumba Shabazz
Gamilah is the most private among the Shabazz sisters. (Source: Getty Images) 

She was born in 1964 and is 60 years old.

She is so private to the extent of not having a public Twitter or Instagram profile and has not published any memoirs detailing her status as the daughter of one of America’s most noted civil rights activists.

Gamilah came to the public’s radar in her role in “Who Killed Malcolm X,” a popular Netflix documentary that speaks about her father’s death.

She is a designer for a clothing line. She also applied her expertise to helping her sisters come up with a clothing line in honor of their late dad.

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