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Betty Shabazz (Civil Rights Leader) - Age, Birthday, Bio, Facts, Family, Net Worth, Height & More

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Betty Shabazz
Betty Shabazz, also known as Betty X, was an American educator and civil rights advocate. She was married to Malcolm X. Shabazz grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where her foster parents largely sheltered her from racism. She attended the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where she had her first encounters with racism. Unhappy with the situation in Alabama, she moved to New York City, where she became a nurse. It was there that she met Malcolm X and, in 1956, joined the Nation of Islam. The couple married in 1958. Along with her husband, Shabazz left the Nation of Islam in 1964. She witnessed his assassination the following year. Left with the responsibility of raising six daughters as a widow, Shabazz pursued higher education, and went to work at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York. Following the 1995 arrest of her daughter Qubilah for allegedly conspiring to murder Louis Farrakhan, Shabazz took in her ten-year-old grandson Malcolm. In 1997, he set fire to her apartment.
Born Betty Dean Sanders, May 28, 1934, Pinehurst, Georgia, or, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died June 23, 1997, New York City, U.S.
Cause of death Burns
Resting place Ferncliff Cemetery
Other names Betty X
Children Attallah Shabazz, Qubilah Shabazz, Ilyasah Shabazz, Gamilah Lumumba Shabazz, Malikah Shabazz, Malaak Shabazz
Relatives Malcolm Shabazz (grandson)

About Betty Shabazz

Religious Leader Malcolm X's wife, a teacher and civil rights activist. She was named to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was active in the NAACP after her husband's assassination.

Betty Shabazz before fame

She was born Betty Dean Sanders and attended Tuskegee University, a historically black college.

Achievement of Betty Shabazz

Malcolm, her grandson, set fire to her flat, causing severe burns that resulted in her death.

Betty Shabazz family life

With her spouse Religious Leader Malcolm X, she had six children.

Associations of Betty Shabazz

Movie Actress Angela Bassett played her in the 1992 film Religious Leader Malcolm X.

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Former Nation of Islam members. Malcolm X family. Medgar Evers College faculty. New Jersey City University alumni. African-American former Christians. American Sunni Muslims. Converts to Islam from Protestantism. Burials at Ferncliff Cemetery. Delta Sigma Theta members. Tuskegee University alumni. African-American Muslims. African-American educators. American nurses. American women nurses

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Latest information about Betty Shabazz updated on March 28 2022.