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Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X, with their daughters.

Mrs. Betty Shabazz, widow of the black leader Malcolm X, with their children

Malcolm X, wife Betty Shabazz, and daughters Attallah and Qubilah, circa 1962.

VISIT: Masjid Malcolm X Shabazz Mosque, 102 West 116th Street, southwest corner Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem, New York City

Statue of Malcolm X in the Audubon Ballroom, 3940 Broadway, NYC, www.RevWill.com

The Savoy Ballroom, Harlem.

Tererai Trent, PhD, is a Zimbabwean-American woman who was not allowed to go to school as a child because she was female. Tererai was forced to marry at age 11. By age 18, she was the mother of three. "When my husband realized that I wanted to have an education, he would beat me." In 2009, happily remarried Trent earned her doctorate; her thesis looked at HIV/AIDS prevention programs for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.

Malcom X holding a M1 Carbine and peering behind a curtain in response to death threats against him and his family 1964.

Carolina de Jesus was born in poverty and lived in a shack in a São Paulo slum. Although she had only a 2nd grade education, she loved to write. Her journal documenting slum life was discovered by a journalist, published and became a best-seller eventually being translated into 14 languages.