Betty Before X

by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson

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    • Grades: 5 - 9
    • Ages: 10 - 14
    • Format: Paperback Book
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Short Summary
At her Detroit church, this preteen met the civil rights leaders who would inspire her to fight for justice her whole life!

Good For:
Inspiring Biographical Fiction, Civil Rights from a Child’s Point of View, Extensive Back Matter to Provide Historical Context

Topics and Themes:
Betty Shabazz, Detroit, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, Housewives League, Civil Rights, Malcolm X
Some mature content.

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In Detroit, 1945, 11-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 born.


Inspired by Betty’s real life—but expanded upon and fictionalized through collaboration with novelist Renée Watson—Ilyasah Shabazz illuminates four poignant years in her mother’s childhood with this book, painting an inspiring portrait of a girl overcoming the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today.
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Product Details

    • Grades: 5 - 9
    • Ages: 10 - 14
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-55134-1