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Her Life With Malcolm X and Fight to Preserve His Legacy
by Russell Rickford

Publisher:  Source Books

Pub Date:  Spring 2003

Format:  Hardcover

Description:  The first major biography of Betty Shabaaz, the wife of Malcolm X and one of the leader's of the Civil Rights movement in the United States.  The author, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, has conducted over 200 interviews with people who were close to her.

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"With a journalist’s eye for telling detail, former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Rickford limns paradoxes and puzzles in the compelling and flawed faces of Betty Dean Sanders (1933-1997), who in 1958 became Mrs. Malcolm X and bore him six daughters. More chronicle than analysis, the smoothly unfolding biography marches from abandoned child to Detroit home-girl to wife-and-mother to martyr’s widow, keeper of the memory and, finally, powerful, independent advocate of education and womanpower. The story centers on the couple’s seven-year marriage, and Malcolm often dominates. Impressions from notables interviewed, along with a rafter of fascinating details from Rickford’s comprehensive life-and-times approach, make this a valuable addition to Laura S. Jeffrey’s young adult Betty Shabazz: Sharing the Vision of Malcolm X and Jamie Brown’s handsome mini-coffee-table book Betty Shabazz: A Sisterfriends Tribute in Words and Pictures and also to recent views from inside Malcolm X’s family, such as daughter Ilyasah Shabazz’s Growing Up X. Recommended for collections on blacks, biography, Civil Rights, recent America, or women’s studies."
--Library Journal


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