Quotes From Malcolm X | Former Civil Rights Activist & Minister
*This is a compilation of quotes sourced from the internet.
Malcolm X has been described as one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history. He is credited with raising the self-esteem of black Americans and reconnecting them with their African heritage. He is largely responsible for the spread of Islam in the black community in the United States. Many African Americans, especially those who lived in cities in the Northern and Western United States, felt that Malcolm X articulated their complaints concerning inequality better than the mainstream civil rights movement did. One biographer says that by giving expression to their frustration, Malcolm X “made clear the price that white America would have to pay if it did not accede to black America’s legitimate demands. In the late 1960’s, increasingly radical black activists based their movements largely on Malcolm X and his teachings. The Black Power movement the Black Arts Movement, and the widespread adoption of the slogan “Black is beautiful can all trace their roots to Malcolm X”.
On Stopping Violence | If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again.
On Humanity | I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.
Dealing With Criticism | If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.
Stand For What You Believe in | A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
Treating People Right | 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.
A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can’t play the part of a wise man.
The Truth | Truth is on the side of the oppressed.
On Being A Human Being | We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary
People Can Change | To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace.
Light Creates Change | We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.