#MalcolmXFACTS Betty Shabazz, the wife of Malcolm X, was a powerful woman in her own right. She was a nurse and nutrition educator who would disclose in her adult life that in her early childhood her foster parents sheltered her from racism, and that it wasn’t until she attended college in Alabama that she experienced overt prejudice. It is widely known that her husband, Malcolm X, took the religious pilgrimage to Mecca- but after Malcolm’s assassination, Betty too made her pilgrimage to Mecca and returned with a reaffirmed spirit and a new name: Bahiyah.

#MalcolmXFACTS Betty Shabazz, the wife of Malcolm X, was a powerful woman in her own right. She was a nurse and nutrition educator who would disclose in her adult life that in her early childhood her foster parents sheltered her from racism, and that it wasn’t until she attended college in Alabama that she experienced overt prejudice. It is widely known that her husband, Malcolm X, took the religious pilgrimage to Mecca- but after Malcolm’s assassination, Betty too made her pilgrimage to Mecca and returned with a reaffirmed spirit and a new name: Bahiyah.