A hero in her own right, Dr. Betty Shabazz was the widow of civil-rights leader Malcolm X. After his sudden death, this Black mother of six girls single-handedly raised her daughters while furthering her education with a Master of Arts in Public Health Education from Jersey City State College and a Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Shabazz joined New York’s Medgar Evers College as an assistant professor in 1976, becoming the cultural attaché for the university. Throughout her life she fought for the rights of others and, by example, showed how one can transcend in the face of adversity.
ABOUT THE SUNY NEW PALTZ FOUNDATION
Founded in 1976, the SUNY New Paltz Foundation works to enrich the quality of academic life at New Paltz by raising private contributions. Gifts to the Foundation enhance the teaching, learning and discovery that takes place on campus, and allow New Paltz to enrich the cultural, economic, and social fabric of the Mid-Hudson region. Visit the SUNY New Paltz Foundation Board online for more information.
ABOUT THE MALCOLM X & DR. BETTY SHABAZZ MEMORIAL AND EDUCATIONAL CENTER
Rooted in the abiding belief in Black power, possibility, and sovereignty, The Shabazz Center facilitates thought exchange around racial equity, justice, and cultural production, in the spirit of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz. Through both global and local outreach, educational programming and engagement with the African Diaspora, The Shabazz Center is a generative, action-oriented community organization, committed to growing social movements that empower and prepare people for leadership in civil society.