Betty Dean "Shabazz" Sanders

By: Laura Kate Moore

Quick Facts

Betty was married to Malcolm X and had six daughters. She was born on May 28,1934 and died June 23,1997. Her husband Malcolm X got assassinated and Betty never remarried.

Character Traits

Strong- Betty Shabazz never remarried after her husband died and she had to take care of her six daughters alone.

Smart- Shabazz completed an undergraduate degree at Jersey City State College, followed by a doctoral degree in higher education administration at the University of Massachusetts. She then accepted a position as an associate professor of health sciences at New York’s Medgar Evers College.


"I wish you power that equals your intelligence and your strength. I wish you success that equals your talent and determination. And I wish you faith."

Most Interesting Thing To Me

Betty Shabazz died from her grandson, Malcolm setting her apartment on fire. Her grandson went to juvenile detention. I thought this was interesting because it's kind of different and surprising.


At the age 11 Betty started living with a business man named Lorenzo Malloy and his wife, Helen. Also, Betty Shabazz lived in Detroit, Michigan for most of her life.


  • Civil Rights Activist
  • Educator
  • Nurse