Malcolm Shabazz kisses his beloved mother, Qubilah Shabazz from SF Bay View
On this day in 1995 Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X was arrested and charged with plotting to kill Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, which was the sworn adversary of her father before his assassination. Her mother Betty had long believed that Farrakhan was responsible for Malcolm X’s death. In a 1994 interview when she was asked if Farrakhan had anything to do with the assassination she said:
Of course, yes. Nobody kept it a secret. It was a badge of honor. Everybody talked about it, yes.
Can’t be much clearer than that. The wikipedia entry for Shabazz says that she began to obsess about Farrakhan. She believed without a doubt that Farrakhan was responsible for her father’s death and would now come after her mother. In May of 1994 she contacted an old high school friend Michael Fitzpatrick, who she believed was “capable” of killing Farrakhan. She apparently misjudge Fitzpatrick, because he became an FBI informant. She believed he was romantically interested in her and even told the neighbors he had proposed. She moved to Minneapolis where Fitzpatrick lived and gave him $250. But became leery of him and asked him if he was an government informant which he of course denied.
After her indictment, Farrakhan surprised Betty by taking Shabazz’s side saying he didn’t think she was guilty and hoped she would not be convicted. In May of 1995 she accepted a plea agreement that said she would undergo psychological counseling and treatment for drug and alcohol abuse for a two year period. By doing this she would not have to go to prison. She continued to do what she had to to stay out of Jail. Her mother even shook hands with Farrakhan on stage later in May. It was a public event at the Apollo Theatre intended to raise money for Shabazz’s legal defense. They raised $250,000 that evening.
Shabazz moved to Texas to undergo treatment and worked at a family friends radio station. She got married in December 1996, but was divorced by the next month. Her son, Malcolm, was living with her mother Betty in New York. On June 1, 1997 Malcolm set fire to his grandmother’s apartment. Injuries she sustained from the fire eventually killed her 3 weeks later. Malcolm pleaded guilty and received a sentence of 18 months in juvenile detention. Malcolm Shabazz died on May 9, 2013, when he was murdered over a bar tab of $1,200 by David Hernandez Cruz and Manuel Alejandro Perez de Jesus, who worked at the bar.