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The Queens, NY high school student who was told he couldn’t add “Malcolm X” to the back of his senior sweater was granted the opportunity to meet the activist’s daughter after his story made headlines.
Malcolm Xavier Combs had the honor of meeting Ilyasah Shabazz at the the National Action Network’s Harlem Headquarters alongside Rev. Al Sharpton. Since the Christ the King High School rejected Combs’ request to have his namesake on his sweater, Shabazz gifted Combs with his own shirt adorned with “X Legacy” on the front.
“I’m probably going to frame that — I like it so much,” Combs told the NY Daily News.
Combs was told by a teacher from his school that “he shouldn’t want to be associated with” Malcolm X’s “controversial” image after she saw his senior sweater order.
“He was fearless because he loved us and he believed in our humanity,” Shabazz told the News about her late father. “He believed every child deserved an opportunity to realize his or her God-given potential. He said we’re miseducated and demanded an end to 400 years of trauma … What is so controversial about that?”
Rev. Sharpton has plans of demonstrating in front of Christ the King High School and pushing for all faculty and staff to get cultural sensitivity training.