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Malik Shabazz fights ‘biggest battle of my life’ after serious heart attack | Metro Detroit News | Detroit

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Steve Neavling

Malik Shabazz, right, built a reputation as a courageous activist who regularly stood up to crime and racism.

Malik Shabazz is no stranger to adversity.

The intrepid Detroit activist took on drug dealers in their homes as well as meat shops and businesses selling rotten meat. He led searches for missing people and stood up to greedy politicians.

Now he’s in another battle.

Shabazz, the founder of the New Black Panther Party/New Marcus Garvey Movement, suffered a massive heart attack on June 26. He remained in critical condition for nearly two months and battled an infection caused by a heart pump. Doctors removed his breathing tube on July 12 and implanted a permanent heart pump on August 1. He was recently transferred to a rehabilitation center, where he is learning to walk again.

“I’m in the biggest battle of my life,” says Shabazz Metro timetable. “I was really dead. God brought me back. The ancestors brought me back to continue this great work. This is the sign that I have been chosen to do this work.

A day after his heart attack, dozens of people, including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Police Chief James White and numerous civil rights leaders, attended a vigil for Shabazz outside Henry Ford Hospital on West Grand Boulevard. Early this morning, Shabazz was reading about the vigil and choked up when he saw that a fellow activist, Teferi Brent, had declared him “irreplaceable.”

“What do you say when community leaders say that about you — other than wiping away your tears, say, ‘Thank you, Lord,’ and know that you have no choice but to move on,” Shabazz says. “I arrive on the rugged side of the mountain and do my best to get out. What do you say about all this love? This lets you know that your work, your struggle, your sweat and your sacrifices were not in vain, because it can feel lonely as a street soldier.

Shabazz has built a reputation as a courageous and unapologetic activist among Detroiters. He is now committed to returning to his job.

“He’s still as sharp as ever,” says his friend and fellow activist Sam Riddle. Metro timetable. “When you literally die two or three times, it’s miraculous where it is. Many people abandoned him, but he did not abandon himself. The prayers and good vibes from the community did him good.

Shabazz begins his new journey with the zeal and commitment he showed when confronting injustices before his heart attack.

“I’m going to do this job until the day I die,” Shabazz says. “But I have to learn to walk again. And I try hard.

Once he recovers, Shabazz says he plans to spend time with his family, write books about activism and the civil rights movement, and eventually “return to the streets.”

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