|Biographical detail : ||A civil rights activist.
She enrolled in the Nation of Islam, the proud and puritanical black Muslim sect led by Elijah Muhammad, in 1956. She married in 1958 Malcolm X (died in 1965) who was the most controversial symbol of black America.
Betty earned a doctorate degree in education and became an administrator at Medgar Evers college, in charge of civil rights programmes and tirelessly urged non-violence.
Betty reconciled with Farrakhan (who she originally believed was behind her husband’s murder) in 1995 and took part in Farrakhan’s “Million Man March” in Washington.
Betty was born in Detroit and brought up by foster parents in the New York area. Her grandson, also called Malcolm, who hated living in New York and bitterly resented his grandmother, ended her life in an arson attack in 1997.