Betty Shabazz

Teacher, Film actor

1934 – 1997

 Credit ยป
28

Who was Betty Shabazz?

Betty Shabazz, born Betty Dean Sanders and also known as Betty X, was an American educator and civil rights advocate. She was the wife of 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 in New York 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 single mother, Shabazz pursued a higher education, and went to work at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York.

Following the arrest of her daughter Qubilah for allegedly conspiring to murder Louis Farrakhan, Shabazz took in her young grandson Malcolm. He set a fire in her apartment that caused severe burns to Shabazz. Shabazz died three weeks later as a result of her injuries.

We need you!

Help us build the largest biographies collection on the web!

Born
May 28, 1934
Pinehurst
Also known as
  • Betty Jean Sanders
  • Dr. Betty Shabazz
  • Betty Dean Sanders
  • Betty X
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Islam
  • Sunni Islam
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Tuskegee University
  • New Jersey City University
Died
Jun 23, 1997
The Bronx
Resting place
Ferncliff Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

Citation

Use the citation below to add to a bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Betty Shabazz." Biographies.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 20 Apr. 2024. <https://www.biographies.net/people/en/betty_shabazz>.

Discuss this Betty Shabazz biography with the community:

0 Comments

    Browse Biographies.net