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Ilyasah Shabazz Speaks on Her Book Betty Before X About Her Mother Betty Shabazz

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At BookTrib, we are always looking for new opportunities to connect readers and writers. Our latest partnership is with The Mary Sue, a site with “intense passion for… fan trends, social issues, geek fashion and art, innovative gadgets, and beyond.”  This week, The Mary Sue is sharing with our readers an exclusive of Ilyasah Shabaaz speaking on her book Betty Before X. Betty Shabazz (born Betty Dean Sanders) may be known to some as simply the wife of Malcolm X, but to reduce her to that belies a legacy all her own. Much like Coretta Scott King, after the death of her husband, Shabazz worked not only to continue on her husband’s fight, safeguard his legacy from inaccurate portrayals, but also raise their six children.…

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Malcolm X’s story retold by his daughter for a new generation

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Decades after the civil rights movement exploded across America, as our country still struggles with the challenges of its seemingly bottomless racial rift, a new novel based on the life of Malcolm X’s young adulthood, written by the daughter of the iconic civil rights leader, is set to hit the bookshelves. The book, X: A Novel (Candlewick Press, 2015), coincides with the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination in New York City on February 21, 1965. As a young boy, Malcolm is told by his parents that he can achieve anything, but life seems to be telling him something else. Malcolm’s father is killed when the boy is just six, and at age 13, he sees his mother taken away…

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