Farrakhan, Malcolm X Widow To Meet
NEW YORK (AP) _ The widow of Malcolm X will meet publicly with Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader she suspects of involvement in plotting her husband’s assassination.
Betty Shabazz and Farrakhan are scheduled to appear together at the Apollo Theater in New York on May 6, said Conrad Mohammad, Farrakhan’s New York representative and a Nation minister.
``It is the first step in the beginning of a healing of a wound that has existed now for over 30 years that has affected both the families and the black community,″ he said today.
Mohammad said he did not know how long it had been since Shabazz and Farrakhan had met or spoken, but said it would be ``the first time in over 30 years they’ve been on the same platform together for a common cause.″
Mohammad said some proceeds from the joint appearance will be used to pay for the legal defense of Shabazz’s daughter, Qubilah, who has been charged with plotting to kill Farrakhan.
Farrakhan has said he does not believe the allegations against the younger Shabazz and they are an attempt by the government to divide the black community.
Betty Shabazz, a professor at Medgar Evers College in New York, has said she believes Farrakhan was somehow involved in the 1965 killing of her husband.
Farrakhan has denied involvement.
In Minneapolis today, a judge barred tapes showing Qubilah Shabazz giving $250 to a would-be hit man but said her statement to the FBI could be used at her trial. In the statement, the 34-year-old Shabazz said she ``jokingly″ asked former high school acquaintance Michael Fitzpatrick about killing Farrakhan.