Betty Before X

Book cover for Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renee Watson
Author

Ilysah Shabazz

Illustrator

Renée Watson

Book Summary

In Detroit, 1945, eleven-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.

Collaborating with novelist Renée Watson, Ilyasah Shabazz illuminates four poignant years in her mother’s childhood, painting a beautiful and inspiring portrait of a girl overcoming the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today.

Self-love, Betty Shabazz, Social justice, Black

Age Range
Ages 12+ (grades 8 and up)
ISBN #
9781250294180
Publisher
Square Fish
Book Category
African Descent
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