Prayers and Spiritual Support for Dr. Abdulalim A. Shabazz

June 19, 2014 by  


By Mitchell Shamsud-Din

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Dr. Donald Smith, former president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE), former teacher at Wendell Phillips High School in Chicago and founder of the Northeastern University Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, has informed The Black Star Project that Dr. Abdulalim A. Shabazz, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Grambling, a valued teacher, mentor, producer of of Black mathematicians and a mathematical genius, is recovering from illiness at Northern Louisiana Medical Center.

Please join the circle of callers concerned about the welfare of our distinguished African-centered mathematics scholar, Dr. Shabazz. It is important that we let Northern Louisiana Medical Center know that the many colleagues, friends, students and supporters of Dr. Shabazz are concerned about his health and recovery.

Please call the Northern Louisiana Medical Center at 318-254-2100 and let them know that the community loves and reveres Dr. Shabazz, and that we want the best medical care possible for Dr. Shabazz.

About Dr. Shabazz (from Wikipedia)

Abdulalim A. Shabazz (born May 22, 1927) is an African American Professor of Mathematics. He received the National Association of Mathematicians Distinguished Service Award for his years of mentoring and teaching excellence. President of the United States Bill Clinton awarded Shabazz with a National Mentor award in September 2000.

Shabazz was born in Bessemer, Alabama. In 1949, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and mathematics from Lincoln University. Two years later he earned a Master of Science in Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mathematics and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1955 in mathematical analysis from Cornell University. The subject of his doctoral dissertation was “The Distribution of Eigenvalues of the Equation: Integral of A(S-T) PHI (T) with Respect to T Between Lower Limit -A and Upper Limit A=Rho (Integral of B(S-T))”.

Shabazz was appointed an Assistant Professor of Mathematics by Tuskegee Institute in 1956. From 1957 until 1963, he served as chairman and Associate Professor of Mathematics at Clark Atlanta University.

Shabazz announced in 1961 that he was a member of the Nation of Islam (later he converted to Islam).

From 1975 until 1986, Shabazz taught in Chicago, Detroit, and in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. In 1986, Shabazz came back to Clark Atlanta, where he served as chair from 1990 until 1995. From 1998 until 2000, Shabazz was Chairman of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania). He is currently a professor and endowed chair in mathematics at Grambling State University.

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