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Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz
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The fact that this book was based on an influential and remarkable woman, Betty Shabazz (wife of Malcolm X), makes up for the so-so writing. It is hard to pinpoint the moment that an activist is born; this book attempts to create a timeline of the important markers and people in the life of young Betty Dean Sanders that set her on the path of social justice (there is a literal timeline in the back of the book).
No doubt that this is an important story worth telling, but some of it felt like fictionalized filler based on stories that Ilyasah Shabazz heard in her childhood.
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July 3, 2018 – Shelved
July 3, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
July 25, 2018 – Started Reading
July 27, 2018 – Finished Reading

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