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Betty Shabazz

Betty ShabazzAKA Betty Jean Sanders

Born: 28-May-1936
Birthplace: Detroit, MI [1]
Died: 23-Jun-1997
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Accident - Misc
Remains: Buried, Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale, NY

Gender: Female
Religion: Sunni Muslim
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Widow of Malcolm X

In June 1997, Shabazz was trapped in a fire was set by her twelve-year-old grandson, Malcolm Shabazz (son of Qubilah, who was a drug addict at the time), in their apartment in Yonkers, NY. Shabazz died three weeks later, from 3rd degree burns covering 95% of her body.


[1] Russell J. Rickford postulates that Shabazz was born in Pinehurst, citing early documents such as school transcripts. However, her marriage license and nursing certificate both list Detroit. Shabazz' birth certificate has never been located.

Father: Shelman Sandlin ("Juju", b. 1913, Betty is his illegitimate daughter)
Mother: Ollie Mae
Father: Lorenzo Don Malloy (foster father, shoemaker)
Mother: Helen Lowe (foster mother, b. 1898)
Husband:
Malcolm X (m. 14-Jan-1958, d. 1965 assassination, six daughters)
Daughter: Attallah (b. 1958)
Daughter: Qubilah (b. 1960, arrested Jan-1995 for hiring a hit man to kill Louis Farrakhan.)
Daughter: Ilyasah (b. 1963)
Daughter: Gamilah (b. 1964)
Daughter: Malaak (twin, b. 1965)
Daughter: Malikah (twin, b. 1965)

    High School: Northern High School, Detroit, MI
    University: Tuskegee Institute (left to study nursing)
    University: RN and BA, Brooklyn State Hospital School of Nursing (1958)
    University: BA and MA Public Health Education, Jersey City State College
    University: PhD Education Administration, University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1975)

    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
    Nation of Islam
    Adopted
    Converted to Islam
    Religious Mission: Hajj
    Funeral: Martin Luther King (1968)
    Caught Fire June 1997, Yonkers NY

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Unfaithfully Yours (10-Feb-1984) · Woman at Plaza


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