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Betty Shabazz: A Sisterfriends' Tribute in Words and Pictures

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Dr. Betty Shabazz was a leader, a teacher, a mentor, an inspiration, and a survivor. She was a strong woman who overcame the tragedy of her husband Malcolm X's assassination and the hardship of raising their six children on her own to become an important political and civil rights activist in her own right. Dr. Shabazz's funeral drew the world's attention and brought together an extraordinary collection of admirers, including lifelong friends, congresswomen, rap artists, and journalists. Now, forty of those ...
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1998 Hardcover First Edition New in New dust jacket 9780684852942. New. Remainder mark on page edges. Display copy. BookNest-providing professional service for more than 16 ... years.; 7.30 X 7.30 X 0.80 inches; 160 pages. Read more Show Less

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Dr. Betty Shabazz was a leader, a teacher, a mentor, an inspiration, and a survivor. She was a strong woman who overcame the tragedy of her husband Malcolm X's assassination and the hardship of raising their six children on her own to become an important political and civil rights activist in her own right. Dr. Shabazz's funeral drew the world's attention and brought together an extraordinary collection of admirers, including lifelong friends, congresswomen, rap artists, and journalists. Now, forty of those luminaries - forty of Dr. Betty's sisterfriends - have come together to create a unique and powerful tribute to the woman who had a huge influence on them all. Here, you'll see Maya Angelou praise Dr. Shabazz's contributions to the struggle for civil rights and hear Myrlie Evers-Williams recount a healing retreat she took with Dr. Shabazz and Coretta King. You'll learn what Dr. Shabazz was like as she grew up from people who were there. Close friends like Dr. C. DeLores Tucker and Reverend Willie Barrow will introduce you to the human side of this icon, as they offer you a glimpse of the Betty who loved to shop, dance, gossip, and laugh. And a host of others will show just how she mattered to them and how much she mattered to all of us.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684852942
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 6/2/1998
  • Pages: 159
  • Product dimensions: 7.35 (w) x 7.42 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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From Chapter 8

Gloria Steinem is the author of Moving Beyond Words and a founder and now consulting editor of Ms. magazine, a founder of New York magazine and the Ms. Foundation for Women (a national multiracial women's fund). She travels extensively as a speaker and organizer.

When I first met Betty Shabazz, I expected a distant, private person. After all, she had not only been the partner of a great American leader but a leader who had paid the ultimate price for being public and accessible. What must it be like, I wondered, to know that such unrestrained hatred has circled your life?

I also understood that she might be suspicious of me as a white person, since whites as a group had been the original source of hatred, regardless of who pulled the trigger.

What I found was someone neither distant nor suspicious, and more gregarious than private. She was a warm, open, and accessible woman whose face seemed to be always on the verge of smiling, whether she was smiling or not. When she spoke, there was a directness and lack of pretension that signaled everyone around her to drop their pretensions. When she listened, she seemed to be absorbing the speaker as well as the words.

Only underneath, after you listened to her for a while, did you sense the bedrock of dignity, and the deep core of sadness.

We saw each other at benefits and rallies, at Harlem women's events organized by Dorothy Pitman Hughes, and during campaigns for candidates. Though we never had time to sit and talk, we did manage to discover that we had been born sixty miles apart in the Midwest (Detroit and Toledo respectively), and within two years of each other (I was the older one). We shared the experience of the conservative 1950s, Saturday afternoons going "downtown," Vernor's Ginger Ale, and a dance called the Dirty Boogie. All our time together skirted around the unspoken tragedy that had come in later years, yet it was there, a living presence.

I hoped we would sit down and talk one day. Now, that will never be. But in death as she did in life, Betty Shabazz reminds me that we cannot control what happens. It's unacceptable that she, the younger one, is not here. But as long as we remember her spirit, she will be with us.


Whitney Houston is a multi-Grammy Award-winning singer as well as a film producer, actress, and humanitarian.

When Malcolm X was killed, Betty Shabazz was simply the wife of a great man. At her untimely death this past year, she was a great woman in her own right.

For every African American woman and girl child, she was the personification of strength, dignity, courage, and integrity -- the daughter, the sister, the mother.

We are all more for having known her and we are all less for having lost her.

Copyright © 1998 by Jamie Foster Brown

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Table of Contents

Preface

First Word
Myrlie Evers-Williams

Introduction
Von Alexander

1
Suesetta McCree
Aunt Ruth Summerford
Ameenah Omar
Irmagene Graves

2
Ruth Clark
Evelyn Cunningham
Barbara Daniel Cox
Patricia Russell McCloud
Toni Fay
Lena McPhatter-Gore

3
Cathy Hughes
Bethann Hardison

4
Dr. C. DeLores Tucker
Dr. Dorothy Height
Representative Maxine Waters
The Reverend Willie Barrow
Niara Sudarkasa
Johnnetta Cole
Kathy Jordan Sharpton
Safiya Bandele
Cynthia Smith

5
Iyanla Vanzant
Ananda Lewis
Ruthie Thomas

6
Laura Boss Brown

7
Jean Owensby

8
Gloria Steinem
Whitney Houston
CeCe Winans
Dionne Warwick
Tionne ("T-Boz") Watkins
Queen Latifah
Brandy Norwood
Mary J. Blige
Patti LaBelle
Gloria Naylor
Ruby Dee

Last Word
Maya Angelou

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