21 Of The Most Profound Malcolm X Quotes

Published May 17, 2016
Updated May 6, 2017

The 1950s and 1960s tested the will of many who lived through them. As Cold War fears expanded the United States’ presence overseas, millions at home demanded the expansion of basic civil rights to all Americans. One of the key figures behind the domestic agitation was Malcolm X.

In his brief life (he was killed at age 39), Malcolm X — née Malcolm Little — spearheaded a civil rights movement that challenged mainstream movements championed by Martin Luther King Jr., mainly in terms of his “by any means necessary” approach to effecting systemic change.

Combining black nationalism and the Muslim faith, X’s work and words expanded the possibilities of resistance — and laid the groundwork for the Black Power movement. Gain a little insight into the man with the twenty-one insightful Malcolm X quotes below:

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