Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little and later also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.
Education Is The Passport To The Future, For Tomorrow Belongs To Those Who Prepare For It Today.
I Believe In Human Beings, And That All Human Beings Should Be Respected As Such, Regardless Of Their Color.
The Future Belongs To Those Who Prepare For It Today.
I Am For Violence If Non-violence Means We Continue Postponing A Solution To The American Black Man's Problem Just To Avoid Violence.
America Preaches Integration And Practices Segregation.
If Ballots Won't Work, Bullets Will.
My Alma Mater Was Books, A Good Library... I Could Spend The Rest Of My Life Reading, Just Satisfying My Curiosity.
History Is A People's Memory, And Without A Memory, Man Is Demoted To The Lower Animals.
The Real Names Of Our People Were Destroyed During Slavery. The Last Name Of My Forefathers Was Taken From Them When They Were Brought To America And Made Slaves, And Then The Name Of The Slave Master Was Given, Which We Refuse, We Reject That Name Today And Refuse It. I Never Acknowledge It Whatsoever.
I Believe In The Brotherhood Of Man, All Men, But I Don't Believe In Brotherhood With Anybody Who Doesn't Want Brotherhood With Me. I Believe In Treating People Right, But I'm Not Going To Waste My Time Trying To Treat Somebody Right Who Doesn't Know How To Return The Treatment.
Despite My Firm Convictions, I Have Always Been A Man Who Tries To Face Facts, And To Accept The Reality Of Life As New Experience And New Knowledge Unfolds. I Have Always Kept An Open Mind, A Flexibility That Must Go Hand In Hand With Every Form Of The Intelligent Search For Truth.
We Won't Organize Any Black Man To Be A Democrat Or A Republican Because Both Of Them Have Sold Us Out. Both Of Them Have Sold Us Out; Both Parties Have Sold Us Out. Both Parties Are Racist, And The Democratic Party Is More Racist Than The Republican Party.
You Can't Legislate Good Will - That Comes Through Education.
The Media's The Most Powerful Entity On Earth. They Have The Power To Make The Innocent Guilty And To Make The Guilty Innocent, And That's Power. Because They Control The Minds Of The Masses.
It's Got To Be The Ballot Or The Bullet. The Ballot Or The Bullet. If You're Afraid To Use An Expression Like That, You Should Get Back In The Cotton Patch, You Should Get Back In The Alley.
I Don't Even Call It Violence When It's In Self Defense; I Call It Intelligence.
You Can't Separate Peace From Freedom Because No One Can Be At Peace Unless He Has His Freedom.
If You Have No Critics You'll Likely Have No Success.
Truth Is On The Side Of The Oppressed.
For Me, My 'X' Replaced The White Slave Master Name Of 'Little' Which Some Blue-eyed Devil Named Little Had Imposed On My Parental Forebears.
Without Education, You Are Not Going Anywhere In This World.
In All Our Deeds, The Proper Value And Respect For Time Determines Success Or Failure.
If You're Not Ready To Die For It, Put The Word 'Freedom' Out Of Your Vocabulary.
You Don't Have To Be A Man To Fight For Freedom. All You Have To Do Is To Be An Intelligent Human Being.
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.
You're Not Supposed To Be So Blind With Patriotism That You Can't Face Reality. Wrong Is Wrong, No Matter Who Says It.
You Don't Have A Peaceful Revolution. You Don't Have A Turn-the-cheek Revolution. There's No Such Thing As A Nonviolent Revolution.
I Have Been Blessed To Visit The Holy City Of Mecca.
What Is A Dixiecrat? A Democrat. A Dixiecrat Is Nothing But A Democrat In Disguise.
Integration Will Not Bring A Man Back From The Grave.
My Father Didn't Know His Real Name. My Father Got His Name From His Grandfather And He Got His Name From His Grandfather And He Got It From The Slave Master.
Power Doesn't Back Up In The Face Of A Smile, Or In The Face Of A Threat Of Some Kind Of Nonviolent Loving Action. It's Not The Nature Of Power To Back Up In The Face Of Anything But Some More Power.
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.
Be Peaceful, Be Courteous, Obey The Law, Respect Everyone; But If Someone Puts His Hand On You, Send Him To The Cemetery.
The American Negro Has No Conception Of The Hundreds Of Millions Of Other Non-whites' Concern For Him: He Has No Conception Of Their Feeling Of Brotherhood For And With Him.
If You Turn The Other Cheek, You Can Be Enslaved For 1,000 Years.
I Did A Lot Of Things As A Muslim That I Am Sorry For Now.
If It's Lawful To Have A Rifle Club To Kill Pheasants, It Should Be Just As Lawful To Have One To Kill Wolves Or Dogs That Are Being Sicked On Little Black Babies. In Fact, It's Constitutional. Article Number Two Of The Constitution Guarantees The Right Of Every Citizen To Own A Rifle Or A Shot Gun.
Envy Blinds Men And Makes It Impossible For Them To Think Clearly.
We Are Not Anti-white. But We Don't Have Time For The White Man. The White Man Is On Top Already, The White Man Is The Boss Already... He Has First-class Citizenship Already. So You Are Wasting Your Time Talking To The White Man. We Are Working On Our Own People.
I Want To Take Negroes Out Of The Ghetto And Put Them In Good Neighborhoods In Good Houses.
Stumbling Is Not Falling.
To Have Once Been A Criminal Is No Disgrace. To Remain A Criminal Is The Disgrace.
A Man Who Stands For Nothing Will Fall For Anything.
Segregation Is That Which Is Forced Upon An Inferior By A Superior. Separation Is Done Voluntarily By Two Equals.
Power Never Takes A Back Step Only In The Face Of More Power.
It's Hard For Anyone Intelligent To Be Nonviolent. Everything In The Universe Does Something When You Start Playing With His Life, Except The American Negro. He Lays Down And Says, 'Beat Me, Daddy.'
When We Say Afro American, We Include Everyone In The Western Hemisphere Of African Descent. South America Is America. Central America Is America. South America Has Many People In It Of African Descent.
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.
Sitting At The Table Doesn't Make You A Diner. You Must Be Eating Some Of What's On That Plate. Being Here In America Doesn't Make You An American. Being Born Here In America Doesn't Make You An American.