Interview with Betty Shabazz
QUESTION 14
CARROLL BLUE:

How was this man able to move from the streets of Harlem to a University life in Oxford and be able to talk on all different levels to all different people?

BETTY SHABAZZ:

Well, he was well read. He was, he was well read. He, he just was a prolific reader, ah, of the classics, you know, every day. He could, ah, deal with a difficult book in three or four hours. I mean his, and, and his analytical skills, self taught, but was very sharp and I can remember, ah, he would go through various skills at home, you know, and I couldn't remember who came, what time they came, you know, who said what, or whatever, you know. And he says, "Girl, when I was in prison, there was so much time that if a fly flew through a window, you would not say the fly flew through the window, you would say the fly flew through the lower right-hand quadrant and landed on its front legs." He was just, just very observant and very analytical.