, the daughter of Malcolm X
, was born on December 25, 1960. She was four years old
when, accompanied by her mother and sisters, she witnessed her
father's assassination in Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom in 1965. Shabazz attended the UN International
School in Manhattan. Later, she lived in
France, where she studied at the Sorbonne.
director Gordon Parks
In 1984, Shabazz gave birth to her only child, Malcolm Shabazz
. At the time, she was
living in the suburb of Meudon, a few miles
outside of Paris.
Shabazz was informed by a concerned friend of Qubilah's poor living
conditions and insisted that Qubilah return to the United States. Shabazz lived in New York City briefly and then moved with the baby to Los
Angeles, where she lived for most of 1985.
next few years, she and Malcolm moved back to New York, then to
Philadelphia, and back to New York.
In January 1995, Shabazz was arrested and charged with the
attempted murder of Louis Farrakhan
the leader of the Nation of Islam
She was accused of trying to hire another person to carry out the
murder. The alleged hitman
would later be identified as Michael Fitzpatrick, had attended the
UN International School with Shabazz. Fitzpatrick was
reported to have been working for the F.B.I.
Shabazz's arrest, Farrakhan held a press conference in Chicago in which he accused the F.B.I. of attempting to
exacerbate division and conflict between the Nation of Islam and
the Shabazz family.
Charges against Qubilah Shabazz were
dropped in May 1995 after she agreed to enter treatment for
On May 6,
1995, a public meeting at the Apollo Theater in Harlem featured
Farrakhan and Betty Shabazz.
Originally organized by
community activists as a fund raiser for Qubilah Shabazz's legal
defense, the meeting marked the first public rapprochement between
Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam, and the Shabazz family since the
1965 assassination of Malcolm X.
In 1997, Shabazz sent Malcolm, a troubled child, to live with his
grandmother, Betty Shabazz. On June 1
year, he started a fire in her apartment. Betty suffered burns over
80% of her body and died three weeks later. Malcolm was sentenced
to eighteen months in juvenile
for second degree arson
juvenile equivalent of second degree manslaughter
June 1997, Qubilah Shabazz was reported to be living in San Antonio,
Texas and working at a radio station.
- Rachel L. Swarns, " Lost in Shadows of History: Shabazz Family's
Troubles", The New York Times, June 8,
- " Malcolm X's daughter indicted in alleged plot to
kill Louis Farrakhan", Jet, January 30, 1995.
- " Farrakhan / Shabazz Murder Plot",
Evening News, January 13, 1995. An abstract from
Vanderbilt Television News Archive.
- Imani Josey, " A Look at History: Malcolm X's daughter Qubilah
Shabazz", The Hilltop, December 2,
- Maurice Williams, " Farrakhan, Shabazz Speak At N.Y. Meeting",
Militant, May 29, 1995.
- " Betty Shabazz's grandson pleads guilty to setting
fatal fire", Jet, July 28, 1997.