Lacy Faheem Shabazz was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 26, 1948, to Lucies Holmes of Money, Mississippi and Betty Martin Holmes of Marianna, Arkansas. He was the oldest of three siblings, Betty, Johnny, and Diane.
Lacy graduated from Tilden Technical High School in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Los Angeles City College, where he was President of the Black Student Union and received an Associate of Arts degree. He also attended CSULA. Lacy received the Malcolm X Freedom Award for dedicated service to the cause of Black Liberation. Lacy completed a manuscript of his life that addressed issues of injustice in politics, religion, and education until his last days. A devout Muslim, he was an advocate for justice and cooperative economics among people of color.
Lacy married Mary Sanders on February 17, 1973 in Chicago, and they brought to this union three children, Malik, Shoshana, and Damici. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Betty Holmes; his sisters, Betty L. Holmes and Diane Shorter; his brother, Johnny Holmes; his daughter-in-law, Diamond; two grandchildren, Bianca and Taj Shabazz, and a numerous host of nieces and nephews.