“Today will be the best day of my life! It will be a day where I honor my ancestors and my parents by doing excellent work. It will be a day of peace while I perform all of my assignments without causing confusion in my classroom or on the school campus. It will also be a day where I recognize the contributions of all people, especially those of African descent. But above all, it will be a day where I honor myself by staying focused on my dream of becoming a successful person- BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!” -El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy Daily Affirmation (El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Academy)
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Academy is a public charter school located in South Lansing. The location of the school allows its students and people living in the community to recognize Malcolm’s significance not only to the African-American community as a whole, but to the African-American community in South Lansing specifically. The school was named after Malcolm to honor his efforts to benefit the African-American community and acknowledge the fact that he lived in the Lansing and Mason areas (Malcolm X, Autobiography).
This school was named after Malcolm X in 1995. Because the school is named in honor of Malcolm X, the academy has a focus on familiarizing its students with the cultural and historical past of African-American people. The school is honoring Malcolm X with its Afro-Centric approach to teaching its students. The academy even quotes one of Malcolm X’s most important sayings in their daily affirmation. Malcolm X was an advocate for the education of African-American people. Shabazz Academy offers a unique learning experience to its students by not only teaching students core curriculum, but by also teaching about the importance of African and African-American people in history. The school aims to provide their students with the education of African and African-American history, heritage, and culture.