Malcolm X was one of the greatest human rights activists to ever grace this planet. His ideas and principles were very sharp in the fight for blacks to be treated equally. His name is incontestably inscribed indelibly in the books of history as one of the greatest and most influential African-Americans.
His contribution in the fight for blacks getting recognition in America was of a huge magnitude. His level of black consciousness was exceptional, impeccable and highly enlightening. The emphasis he put in eradicating identity crises must never by underestimated.
Below are some of his quotes worth reliving:
“A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.”
“Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.”
“We are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us.”
“Stumbling is not falling.”
“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 next time.”
“They put your mind right in a bag, and take it wherever they want.”
“I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.”
“If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.”
“I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.”
“When a person places the proper value on freedom, there is nothing under the sun that he will not do to acquire that freedom. Whenever you hear a man saying he wants freedom, but in the next breath he is going to tell you what he won’t do to get it, or what he doesn’t believe in doing in order to get it, he doesn’t believe in freedom. A man who believes in freedom will do anything under the sun to acquire . . . or preserve his freedom.”
“…I shall never rest until I have undone the harm I did to so many well-meaning, innocent Negroes who through my own evangelistic zeal now believe in him even more fanatically and more blindly than I did.” — on those he encouraged to follow Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad.
“I feel like a man who has been asleep somewhat and under someone else’s control. I feel that what I’m thinking and saying is now for myself. Before it was for and by the guidance of Elijah Muhammad. Now I think with my own mind, sir!”