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betty-shabazzBlack History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976 and the month of February was chosen for its commemoration. Mindworks Publishing is celebrating this year by honoring and remembering our African American ancestors through books.

Day two highlights a biography of Betty Shabazz, also known as Betty X, and who was married to the renowned speaker, human rights activist and champion of African people, Malcolm X. Although her birth records have been lost, she was likely born on May 28, 1934. Shabazz married Nation of Islam spokesman Malcolm X in 1958. After her husband’s assassination in 1965, Shabazz went on to a career in university administration and activism. She died from injuries sustained in a fire on June 23, 1997.

Betty Shabazz, Surviving Malcolm X: A Journey of Strength from Wife to Widow to Heroine is a biography of her life that was written by Russell Rickford and was one of the best books I’ve ever read.

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