Betty Before X

In Detroit, 1945, 11 year old Betty's house doesn't quite feel like home. She believes her mother loves her, but she can't shake the feeling that her mother doesn't want her. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. The singing, the preaching & the speeches stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their rights. Betty quickly finds confidence and purpose in volunteering for the Housewives League, an organisation that supports black owned businesses. Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr. Betty Shabazz is born.


By Ilyasah Shabazz & Renée Watson

Betty Before X

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