Betty Before X

Written by Ilyasah Shabazz and Illustrated by Renée Watson

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.

Age Range 10 - 14 years
Genre
Copyright Year
Page Count
256
Publisher
Farrar Straus & Giroux
Grade Level 4th - 9th
ISBN
9780374306106
Lexile 810L
Themes