Monday, January 2, 2017

Letter to Ilyasah Shabazz

November 25, 2016

Ms. Ilyasah Shabazz

Dear Ilyasah,

Please accept my thanks for your gifts. I appreciate your sharing your father’s story with me.

Progress in our country comes from heroes like your father who fight and agitate for a future in which no one is denied basic rights. The poetry of Malcolm’s words and his uncompromising demands for respect had a profound influence on me as a young man. While more remains to be done to ensure every American is treated equally, passionate, engaged women and men are carrying forward your father’s proud legacy by working to secure equality in our time and for generations to come.

Again, thank you. I wish you all the best.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama