Betty Shabazz
We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have historic strengths; we have survived because of family.
Shabazz devoted her life to black community affairs in the areas of childcare, health and education. Through conversations with Malcolm X and his influence, she began to understand some of the racial hostilities that she had experienced while at Tuskegee University. In 1964, she split from the Nation of Islam and adopted the Muslim name Shabazz. She performed Hajj in Mecca and considered herself a Sunni Muslim. Shabazz held her conviction about the Nation of Islam's role in Malcolm X's assassination until 1995 when she had a public reconciliation with Louis Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam.