Picks and Pans Review: Betty Shabazz: a Sisterfriends' Tribute in Words and Pictures
edited by Jamie Foster Brown
Betty Shabazz's world didn't begin the day that she married Malcolm X or end on the day he was killed in 1965. This slim but heartfelt tribute to her life, issued a year after she died from injuries received in a fire set by her grandson, gathers remembrances from friends, colleagues and admirers—including actress Ruby Dee, poet Maya Angelou and former NAACP chairwoman Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of the martyred civil rights activist Medgar Evers.
Many of the recollections offer glimpses of the private Shabazz, a woman who loved to do line dances like the electric slide or the achy breaky. Other friends marvel at a mother who raised six daughters alone, earned a doctorate and quietly became an educational leader in her own right. Shabazz "made a certain impact on a lot of lives, without a lot of fanfare," writes Evers-Williams, "and was so much more than Malcolm's widow." (Simon & Schuster, $23)
Bottom Line: Poignant eulogies for a courageous woman
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