NMAC CHARTER MEMBER - DR. BETTY SHABAZZ
Charter Member, Dr. Shabazz and her legacy are important to NMAC and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Because of Dr. Shabazz's love of education we have the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy. Read more about Dr. Betty Shabazz below and more about Delta Academy on the Youth Programs Page HERE.
“Find the good and praise it.”
“I have an agenda and I’ve developed goals to meet that agenda.”
Born Betty Dean Sanders May 28, 1934 in Pinehurst,
GA., the woman who would later come into her own as
an icon in the civil rights movement was exposed at an
early age to the racial disparities of society. Betty spent
her childhood in Detroit under the watchful eyes of the Malloys,
businessman Lorenzo and his wife Helen, who both were activists vocal in their local community. They were instrumental in organizing boycotts of stores discriminating against African Americans.
After graduating from Northern High School, she began studiesat Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in Alabama. Theoverwhelming racism and stifling Jim Crow laws of the mid 20thcentury south nearly crushed the ambitious young Betty. She hadnever been exposed to such treatment in Detroit. Betty then traveled to New York City to attend Brooklyn State College of Nursingafter two years in Alabama. The racism and discrimination sheexperienced, although less acute in the North, proved nonetheless
It was during her nursing education that Betty
Sanders became acquainted with, impressed by
and later married to Malcolm X.
She first adopted the tenets of the Nation of Islam, con-
verted in 1956 and changed from Betty Sanders to Betty X. During countless conversations with Malcolm about her experiences with racism in the south and the north, the
two grew ever closer, eventually being married
January 14, 1958 in Michigan. Their union produced six daughters before his tragic assassination in New York City’s Audubon Ballroom in 1965. It was in 1964, however, that Malcolm experiencedthe epiphany that preceded his split with the Nation; they both became Sunni Muslims and henceforth were recognized as “Shabazz”.
The catastrophic loss of her soulmate never deterred Betty from forging ahead, becoming more than a simple figurehead in the movement for racial parity. She raised her six daughters alone. She received her BA in 1970, and subsequently n 1972 completed a Mas-ters Degree in Public Health Administration, at Jersey City StateCollege(now known as New Jersey City University). She earnedher PhD. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Massachusetts in 1975.
Betty Shabazz taught at Medgar Evers College. In 1984 she became the First Director of Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs. She continued in this role, as well as those of community civil rights activist and fundraiser, until her untimely death on June 23, 1997. Her legacy at Medgar Evers has been further cemented with the establishment of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Distinguished Chair in Social Justice, awarded to educators, as well as the Betty Shabazz Scholarship, earmarked for Medgar Evers seniors pursuing graduate studies in any field of their choosing.
This most remarkable woman began her membership in Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. in 1974, having been initiated in New
York Alumnae Chapter. She joined 38 other like minded Sorors in chartering North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter (NMAC) in 1980. She worked as tirelessly for Delta as she did for her family, her faith and for education and civil rights reforms, by actively participating in various NMAC programs and activities. The Dr. Betty ShabazzDelta Academy was established by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 1998 to mentor young girls in the pursuit of academic excellence.