Malcolm X Quotes: Malcolm X was an African American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a popular figure during the civil rights movement. He is best known for his time spent as a vocal spokesman for the Nation of Islam. A controversial figure accused of preaching racism and violence, Malcolm X is also a widely celebrated figure within African-American and Muslim American communities for his pursuit of racial justice. He was posthumously honored with Malcolm X Day, on which he is commemorated in various cities across the United States. Hundreds of streets and schools in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor.
Near the end of his life, Malcolm X publicly recognized that “Dr. King wants the same thing I want — freedom!” But for most of his ministry, he did not identify with King and the civil rights movement.
Malcolm X condemned whites, whom he referred to as the “white devil,” for the historical oppression of blacks. He argued for black power, black self-defense and black economic autonomy, and encouraged racial pride.
39 years (1925–1965)
Black Power was a revolutionary movement that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. It emphasized racial pride, economic empowerment, and the creation of political and cultural institutions.