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Friends, leaders pay tribute to Shabazz

June 24, 1997
Web posted at: 11:56 a.m. EDT (1556 GMT)

Tributes

President Clinton -- "She devoted a long career to education and to uplifting women and children. She was also a loving mother."

Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King Jr. -- "The nation has lost a committed civil and human rights activist whose life and contributions have made a significant difference."

Shabazz family friend Wilbert Tatum, publisher and editor of the Amsterdam News, describes Shabazz and her legacy
"Betty ... was there to be of help to anybody and any cause that she believed in," he told CNN in a live interview on Tuesday morning. "Her legacy is really one of hope, caring ..." Wilbert Tatum
A close relationship with Betty Shabazz
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Her relationship with Farrakhan
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Attallah Shabazz, daughter -- "Dr. Betty Shabazz has made a transition, but she is very mighty where she is, she's boundless where she is, she's strong, where she is."

Leonard F. Muhammad, Nation of Islam chief of staff -- "We pray that her life's work toward freedom, justice, equality and peace among men and women will continue among us, the living, as the most appropriate long-term response to her legacy."

Rev. Jesse Jackson -- "America ... has lost a champion of solid dignity and quiet strength. She never stopped giving and she never became cynical. She leaves today the legacy of one who epitomized hope and healing."

 
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