Ilyasah Shabazz: Betty Before X

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Thu, 09/06/2018 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
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Call during this broadcast and contribute to KBOO's Fall Membership Drive.  Give to KBOO and get a copy of Betty Before X...a powerful middle-grade fictionalized account of the childhood activism of Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X's wife, written by their daughter Ilyasah Shabazz. 

from The Portland Observer:

“Betty Before X” is a middle grade, historical fiction novel inspired by the real life of Betty Shabazz, Malcom X’s wife. The book illuminates four poignant years in Betty's childhood and paints an inspiring portrait of a girl overcoming the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today.

The book has received high acclaim, including praise from Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who said, "Today is a time when fearless and uncompromising leadership is needed, and this story answers the call. It should be an inspiration and playbook to all women today, both young and old, who, like Betty, are paving their own path of strength."

Ilyasah Shabazz, third daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, is an educator, activist, motivational speaker, and author of multiple award-winning publications. She is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Renée Watson is the author of acclaimed teen novels Piecing Me Together and This Side of Home. She splits her time between Oregon and New York. To learn more about Watson, visit

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