June 10, 1997 in Nation/World

Blood Brothers, Blood Sisters


“The only thing I can do for her is give my blood, so that’s what I’m doing,” said Elwinn Penn, who was among scores of New Yorkers stood in line for as much as an hour Monday to donate blood on behalf of Betty Shabazz, the severely burned widow of Malcolm X. By early afternoon, about 90 pints had been donated and many more people had shown up at a temporary center set up for the Shabazz blood drive in a bank basement, said Linda Levi of the Greater New York Blood Center. Mrs. Shabazz, 61, was in critical condition at Jacobi Medical Center more than a week after she suffered third-degree burns over 80 percent of her body in a fire at her apartment.

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