Betty Before X

Betty Before X A Powerful Middle Grade Novel About The Childhood Activism Of Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X S Wife, Written By Their DaughterIn Detroit Eleven Year Old Betty S House Doesn T Quite Feel Like Home She Believes Her Mother Loves Her, But She Can T Shake The Feeling That Her Mother Doesn T Want Her Church Helps Those Worries Fade, If Only For A Little While The Singing, The Preaching, The Speeches From Guest Activists Like Paul Robeson And Thurgood Marshall Stir African Americans In Her Community To Stand Up For Their Rights Betty Quickly Finds Confidence And Purpose In Volunteering For The Housewives League, An Organization That Supports Black Owned Businesses Soon, The American Civil Rights Icon We Now Know As Dr Betty Shabazz Is BornCollaborating With Novelist Ren E Watson, Ilyasah Shabazz Illuminates Four Poignant Years In Her Mother S Childhood, Painting A Beautiful And Inspiring Portrait Of A Girl Overcoming The Challenges Of Self Acceptance And Belonging That Will Resonate With Young Readers Today

Ilyasah Shabazz, third daughter of Malcolm X, is an activist, producer, motivational speaker, and the author of the critically acclaimed Growing Up X and the picture book Malcolm Little The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X She lives in Westchester County, New York.

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • Betty Before X
  • Ilyasah Shabazz
  • English
  • 16 January 2017

10 thoughts on “Betty Before X

  1. says:

    Here we get the story of Betty Shabazz as a girl, long before she met Malcolm, and had her six daughters, and got her PhD, and rocked our world, and it was narrated by the author, her daughter, no less This book was for a younger crowd than a ya book I d say, and yet, it speaks about police brutality, and lynchings, and the death of loved ones, and civil rights, and child abuse, in a way that younger kids can listen to The book is just a short chunk of time, featuring Betty just living her extraordinary and ordinary life, going to church, buying shoes, being refused service, protesting violence, and changing the world Heroes, we ve got many I d also like to shoutout all of the history and context provided in the afterword for this book I ll share this one with my daughter when she s a bit older.

  2. says:

    This book is a narrative on the life of Betty Shabazz s childhood This is the little girl who would grow up to be the wife of Malcom X and a community leader It is considered fiction because of the way the story is told, but her daughter is one of the author s so the basic facts of Betty s life are true The book is a short, quick read It s perfect for kids who love historical fiction or stories about complicated families and friendships I found it engaging and hard to book down.

  3. says:

    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusIn the 1940s, young Betty Dean is being raised by a beloved aunt who feels that Betty s mother didn t take good care of her The mother has remarried, moved to Detroit, and had other young daughters When her aunt dies, Betty is forced to leave her comfortable life in the south to be raised in a crowded apartment with her step sisters She spends a lot of time at church and hanging out with her girlfriends The girls are especially interested in the work of the Housewives League, a Civil Rights organization that is trying to convince the black community that they should not shop at stores that would not hire them When she has some fights with her mother, Betty is taken in by the Malloys, who go to her church and are very active in the civil rights movement, and she enjoys living with them very much There are a lot of things going on in Chicago at this time, and Betty learns to be aware of the position of people in her community and is interested in all of the activists who visit and show her of what is going on in the world Strengths This is a great slice of life title for this time period, and FINALLY we have a book from the point of view of a young black person instead of a Civil Rights story told through a white lens The details of every day life AND of the social s of the time are absolutely fascinating, and it s even better since this is a fictionalized account of Shabazz s mother, who late married Malcolm X Watson s input makes this highly readable and engaging, and historical notes at the end remind readers that this story is based on real events Weaknesses The cover is very young for a book that really should be read by middle school and even high school students There is a scene of a lynching that might need to be processed with younger readers, who might be attracted to the pretty, sunny cover What I really think Definitely purchasing, even though I find Malcom X to be a problematic historical figure If you have Shabazz and Magoon s X, you should definitely read this

  4. says:

    Up until reading this book I knew nothing about Betty Shabazz, other than her name You could chalk that up to privilege or to my ignorance Anyway, I am extremely grateful for the books that Ilyasah Shabazz the daughter of Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X has been writing I read her fictionalized biography of her father last year, and now this one about her mother Betty Shabazz, born in Georgia to a teenaged mother, her paternal grandmother suspected she was being abused and removed her from the home, giving Betty to her Aunt Fannie Mae to raise The aunt died when Betty was 7, and Betty was sent to Detroit to be reunited with her mother, her mother s husband, 3 half sisters and 2 step brothers For reasons only hinted at, Betty s mother she calls her by her first name always, Ollie Mae is very hard on her eldest daughter, and Betty s struggle for her mother s love is a central theme in the story This book was an enlightening look at Detroit in the 1940s and the nascent Civil Rights Movement, as well as an introduction to a really strong and influential woman who deserves to have far recognition I loved this book

  5. says:

    I m going to give this a tentative 3.5 stars because I don t entirely know how to rate it The first half was beautiful, full of tenderness and humanity I loved it Loved it About halfway through, though, it morphs into a series of didactic adult conversations overheard by Betty before ending rather abruptly When all is said and done, there s no real story arc to speak of The writing is approachable and this would probably be a fine introduction to the civil rights movement to a middle grade reader on the younger side, but as a complete story or early biography it has me a bit stumped.

  6. says:

    SummaryBetty Dean, age eleven, moves up north to Detroit in the early 1940s to live with her mother after her Aunt Fannie Mae dies Betty s mother, whom she calls Ollie Mae, had Betty as a teenager and their relationship is distant Betty isn t quite old enough to understand why her mother tells her that she is ungrateful, ornery, and like her daddy, bad to the core.Fellow churchgoers Mr and Mrs Malloy take Betty in Mrs Malloy is a leader in the Housewives League, and organization that boycotts businesses that don t hire black employees or treat customers fairly The goal is to, as Betty and Mrs Malloy say, Hurt them in their pocket AppealI liked the time and place of this story, in part because it sets at least in my somewhat naive American history mind the beginnings of the civil rights movement and the forms of nonviolent protest to a different time and place Not to say that the Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott story isn t important, but rather to acknowledge that others did this work, too At one point in the story, Betty thanks Mrs Peck, founder of the Housewives League for her leadership as an example to all of us girls, and even the boys Fannie Peck is the godmother of current day movements like grabyourwallet I also appreciate the brief conversations and complications of what I learned in school about race relations For example, I always assumed that integration was universally desired by black Americans, and it wasn t until I read Isabel Wilkerson s The Warmth of Other Suns that I realized that wasn t true Mr Malloy questions the outcomes of school integration in a conversation Betty overhears I m not sure what desgegrated schools are going to do for the Negro man Let s think about this what will happen to Negro teachers What will happen to our children who will be sitting next to white children for the first time with no one preparing them Why isn t anyone talking about white children integrating into Negro schools It s imposing the nothing that we are inferior, and by having our children travel across town, it s imposing the nation that white schools are superior Period details also make this piece stand out references to Billie Holiday, Billy Eckstein, Paul Robeson, the Rose Meta House of Beauty, Nadinola Bleaching Cream Issues with comprehensionThe title Most of my students don t know who Malcolm X is, and I think some of them will take the title literally As in, they might expect the letter X to play a role in the story Yes, it s explained in the inside cover, but will my students look there I am not sure I might need to contextualize author Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X, and Betty Shabazz in my book talk.Recommended forA lovely coming of age story that blends some family and friendship themes with a social protest backdrop There are some heavy topics woven in here lynchings, police violence, and riots but those topics are protected through the lens of cautious adults and somewhat naive children.

  7. says:

    This is a great overview of the childhood of Betty Shabazz a woman who would eventually become to the wife of Malcolm X This is fiction, but Renee Watson worked with Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Betty s daughters, so the facts here are about as true as a recounting of history can be Presenting this as a story will definitely make this material palatable for younger readers which is fantastic This book breaches a lot of topics, such as social justice, segregation, and privilege among other things This is an accessible way for young readers to broach these still relevant political issues.There s also some very informational material at the end of the book I really enjoyed Shabazz s author s note There, she delves into how the book was researched and written, and provides some context to some of the changes that Shabazz made when recounting her mother s life to better serve the story and its readers While it makes perfect sense for this novel to focus on Betty s childhood, reading this made me wish that there was some kind of sequel planned that would tackle Betty s later years as a teen, and young adult The seeds are sowed for the great things she would go on to do, but I wanted to see those things first hand I don t mean for this to sound like a critique rather, I want this to demonstrate how compelling this narrative was, as it made me want I hope it does the same for younger readers and inspires them to seek to learn about not only Betty, but the issues she dedicated her life to fighting against.

  8. says:

    Great historical fiction book on childhood of Dr Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X I learned so much from this., and hope young readers will enjoy it, too Library

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  10. says:

    A really good and super informative middle grade book I m glad I got to know a little about Betty Shabazz The book was hard to read sometimes because of the subject matters it dealt with trigger warnings for racism and racially charged violence, including lynchings , but it dealt with these subject matters in a great way I would definitely recommend this book.

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