“I thought it was important to understand the values that went into a young a young boy to become a Malcolm X, one of the greatest political strategists,” said Shabazz.
To most Americans, Malcolm X was a civil rights leader and public figure, but to Ilyasah Shabazz he was a father. On the 49th anniversary of his death, she shares the man behind the hero.
Today, 49 years ago, the civil and human rights giant, Malcolm X, was martyred in what was then the Audubon Ballroom but has since been re-christened the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center.
Born in New York to an Ojibway mother and a Haitian father, Edmonia Lewis (ca. 1844-1911) was the first African American woman to gain international acclaim as a sculptor.
NY1′s series on African-American women who helped shape the civil rights movement continues with Dr. Betty Shabazz, who soldiered on after her husband Malcolm X was slain and becoming a leading educator in New York City and founded a center in the Washington Heights location of her husband’s death.