Black History Today: Jameel Shabazz, undercover community hero

This post is part of an ongoing Black History Month series written by Marcus Harden, a pillar of the South Seattle community and a truly unsung hero, as he honors the living legacy of Black history in his neighborhood and beyond, and recognizes the people who are shaping the future.


By Marcus Harden


We all strive to make a difference in our community. One of the staples of the Black community, especially for its men, is the barbershop.

That is one detailed relationship that many men are more loyal to than their local sports teams. It’s a place of political, familial, familiar, sports, health, religion... you name it, it happens in the shop.

For 20-plus years, Jameel Shabazz and J Styles Barbershop has been my choice. I have profound respect for Jameel, for the husband and father, wise community voice and level-headed businessman he is. His other barbers mirror his dedication to being a man about the community and action, and he’s always pushing for more.

We often look for our heroes up in the sky, but often times they’re right on the ground aligning their purpose with their gift and sharing that with the rest of us. So, mad love and respect to Jameel and the gents at J Styles and those who patronize it.