Professional Interested Men

SHABAZZ Graduate & Professional Kingdom We are advocates for the science of success; with cultural awareness, MALIK seeks to empower our members to be agents of change for a better society How is this statement manifested in Shabazz?

The idea of a community based chapter is not necessarily a new one for organized fraternities however The MALIK Fraternity, Incorporated being and organization that is the vanguard of change takes the concept and changes it to something more digestible for those that we seek to reach.

The first realization is that MALIK does not see itself as being separate from the fabric of the communities in which we serve.  We do this work out of recognition of ourselves in those we serve. As Nelson Mandela has said, “your freedom and mine cannot be separated.”  Again we do not view ourselves as an entity that is above or removed and therefore we are “giving back,” more so we are “giving out” to those around us and in a way improving conditions for others and ourselves.

Shabazz is important in this work since the undergraduate chapters and members are focused on school as well as their respective campus communities, “home” has to be taken care of by those who are there.  We recognize that without stabilizing our communities there essentially will not be a place for our undergraduate members to return to (or even come from).  Shabazz for us represents the possibility of a few different avenues to thought:

  • The community based chapter (Shabazz), is a way for our undergraduate members to

  • remain active beyond their undergraduate years.

  • The Community based chapter is a way to be engaged in society and community beyond the undergraduate campus.

  • The community based chapter is a way to provide the continued leadership training and overall mentorship of younger members.

  • The community based chapter is a vehicle to provide a network of talent and community connection for our professional membership.

All of the aforementioned are important however remember I spoke of changing the concept of a community based chapter.  Our Shabazz chapters are methods of entry into a fraternity for yes degree holders but also for those that did not have the opportunity or desire to attend college.  This is almost unheard of…a “collegiate” fraternity that provides membership for grassroots individuals that share the passion to do the work of MALIK.

Those that are not in school.

Some of the requirements for Shabazz membership are as follows:

  • Be a holder of a 4 year degree and subsequent professional experience (eligibility includes those that hold a 2 year degree or have not enrolled in university yet professional experience can substitute the degree requirement).

  • Have been active in one’s community in a way to be beneficial.

  • Have outstanding moral character.

  • Receive a written recommendation from at least one member in good standing of the fraternity.