Betty Shabazz

A Remarkable Story of Survival and Faith Before and After Malcolm X

By Rickford, Russell J. & Evers-Williams, Myrlie

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Just shy of her thirtieth birthday, pregnant with twins and surrounded by her four daughters, Betty Shabazz was widowed when she witnessed the public assassination of her husband Malcolm X. During their romantic, at times turbulent, seven-year marriage from 1958 to 1965 she pressed his white shirts, fixed his seven-course dinners and typed his speeches. Malcolm spent a staggering number of hours traveling, lecturing, organizing rallies, and thundering for justice, freedom and Allah’s Last Messenger. With Malcolm’s death, she took on the mantel of his cause. For the next 32 years she evolved into the unspoken leader of that tragic sorority of widows—Corretta Scott King, Myrlie Evers and others—until her own ghastly death when her grandson set a fire that left her with fatal burns. During the interim of those three decades, she earned a doctorate in education, served on the faculty of the predominantly black and female Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, fought for the dispossessed and became an almost tyrannical custodian of Malcolm’s memory.

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978-1-40220-171-4
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