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30+ Memorable And Inspiring Malcolm X Quotes


Malcolm X is one of the most prominent faces of the civil rights movement in America. He was born on May 19, 1925, as Malcolm Little. He got his international recognition while advocating for the Nation of Islam, a Detroit-based political and religious movement. Malcolm was started as a renowned black empowerment activist.

An Omaha-born Malcolm faced the ugly reality of racism in his childhood on many occasions. That experiences paved his way towards the civil rights movements. He joined the movement and became an avid speaker and started speaking passionately in large gatherings and rallies.

Before all this happened he went to jail and met John Bembry who influenced Malcolm in an intellectual way. He started reading more. Later he joined Nation Of Isalm, became a Muslim, and performed a hajj. He got his new Muslim name el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz. He changed his name to Malcolm X from Malcolm Little in 1950.

In his personal life, Malcolm married Betty X formerly Betty Sanders. Together they had six daughters. He thought that Islam was the true religion of black people. He traveled to many countries including Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt and Syria.

Malcolm left a legacy behind. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act finally made it illegal to separate people in public places or discriminate against anyone based on their race, color, religion, gender, or national origin. The lifelong fight of Malkolm and other activists like the great Martin Luther King Jr., whom Malkolm joined at a point, was finally won.

Malcolm X has been described as one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history. Today we are remembering Minister Malcolm X with some of his most influential and wise quotes.

America is the first country... that can actually have a bloodless revolution. Malcolm X
There is nothing in our book, the Koran, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Malcolm X
You can't hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can't hate Africa and not hate yourself. Malcolm X
If, if a white man puts his arm around me voluntarily, that's brotherhood. But if you - if you hold a gun on him and make him embrace me and pretend to be friendly or brotherly toward me, then that's not brotherhood, that's hypocrisy. Malcolm X
The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. Malcolm X
Power never takes a back step only in the face of more power. Malcolm X
If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary. Malcolm X
Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it. Malcolm X
Power in defense of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression, because power, real power, comes from our conviction which produces action, uncompromising action. Malcolm X
Integration will not bring a man back from the grave. Malcolm X
If you have a dog, I must have a dog. If you have a rifle, I must have a rifle. If you have a club, I must have a club. This is equality. Malcolm X
The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities - he is only reacting to 400 years of the conscious racism of the American whites. Malcolm X
The true Islam has shown me that a blanket indictment of all white people is as wrong as when whites make blanket indictments against blacks. Malcolm X
Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly. Malcolm X
Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or who says it. Malcolm X
When ghetto living seems normal, you have no shame, no privacy. Malcolm X
Envy blinds men and makes it impossible for them to think clearly. Malcolm X
My black brothers and sisters - of all religious beliefs, or of no religious beliefs - we all have in common the greatest binding tie we could have. We are all black people! Malcolm X
All I held against Jews was that so many Jews actually were hypocrites in their claim to be friends of the American black man. Malcolm X
There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. Malcolm X
Stumbling is not falling. Malcolm X
So we are all black people, so-called Negroes, second-class citizens, ex-slaves. Malcolm X
You can't legislate good will - that comes through education. Malcolm X
If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything. Malcolm X
You don't have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being. Malcolm X
My alma mater was books, a good library - I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. Malcolm X
If you turn the other cheek, you can be enslaved for 1,000 years. Malcolm X
In all our deeds, the proper value and respect for time determines success or failure. Malcolm X
If ballots won't work, bullets will. Malcolm X
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. Malcolm X
Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change. Malcolm X
Our unity shocked them and we should continue to shock the white man by working together. Malcolm X
A man who tosses worms in the river isn’t 't necessarily a friend of the fish. All the fish who take him for a friend, who think the worm’s got no hook in it, usually end up in the frying pan. Malcolm X
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