Interview with Betty Shabazz

Would you share with me a story of the family.


Well I don't know, if I really have any Malcolm X stories or not, I just know from reality, that, ah, he contributed, ah, personally to the, ah, ah, caring for 3 or 4 families, because he did not take the time really counsel the men in the family, they felt they couldn't work for White people because they were in a racist, and this, that and the other. And, ah, he said, he would say to me, every time of the week when I was going to get my allowance, along with the children's, ah, nursery money, and, ah, the food money, and he would say, ah, "As soon as I get time, I am going to counsel, you know, the brothers, and I'm going to get them all together, because, ah, ah, I know you would like to do more things, you know, like go shopping, right?" And, ah, somehow he never got around to it. And, ah, after his assassination, I could be walking down the street, and I would see one and they would cross on the other side of the street, you know. And, ah, I guess it must have been maybe about 5 years ago, I saw a brother, you know, who was one of them, who apologized for his lack of strength, and, ah, I said to him that money is not everything, you know, you can encourage people or be around people or whatever, but it was- but he needed at that point for someone to be around him. And I think of all the people that helped me in my own survival of will, that, ah, I often think of him and smile. I don't know if that's a Malcolm X story or not, but it's a part of history and it was something that was real.