Malcolms X’ Six Daughters Fight Over Estate

February 9, 2011  |  

The six daughters of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz are fighting over Dr. Shabazz’ $1.4 million estate. Part of that estate includes unpublished writing from Malcolm X such as the journals the slain civil rights leader kept while he was in Africa and the Middle East.

In order for anything to be sold or published, all of the women must sign off on it and that is where the trouble lies. Accusations of financial mismanagement, sabotage and even mental incapacity have kept the estate stuck in the court system.

The Shabazz sisters have been through a lot in their lives. Some of them witnessed the assassination of their father in 1965 and in 1997 their mother Dr. Betty Shabazz died three weeks after suffering major burns from a house fire set by her grandson.  Unfortunately, their in-fighting has impeded their ability to share more of their parents’ legacy. An attorney for one of the sisters claims that the taxes due on the estate now exceed the value of the estate.

Have you ever endured intense family fighting? How did you resolve it? Should you always forgive family or are their instances when you have to just cut off a relative?

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