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02/09/2013 09:43 am ET

Betty Shabazz At Malcolm X's Funeral: Black History Photo Of The Day (PHOTO)

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. What better way to celebrate Black History Month than by taking a moment to acknowledge the snapshots of time that represent the struggle and triumph of African-Americans through the years?

As part of our Black History Month coverage, we will be featuring one photo a day that honors years of groundbreaking achievements within the black community. These photos bring tears to our eyes, instill pride in our hearts and motivate us to carry on the legacy of strength and perseverance.

Today's photo was taken on February 26, 1965, showing Betty Shabazz, wife of legendary activist Malcolm X, leaving his funeral in Hartsdale, New York. It is reported that an estimated 1,500 people attended the Civil Rights advocate's funeral in Harlem, where he was described as a "shining black prince."

At the time of her husband's assassination, Shabazz was pregnant with twins and covered her daughters on the floor in an effort to shield them from the bullets. She went on to raise her six daughters alone, and died on June 23, 1997, after suffering severe burns when her grandson set her Yonkers home on fire.

Take a look at the photo and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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