Malcolm X quotes:

  • David Icke reminded me of Malcolm X. -- Alice Walker
  • Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X came out of prison stronger. -- Philip Emeagwali
  • Not everyone likes sports. Gandhi and Malcolm X come to mind. -- Jay Mohr
  • I'd been very partial to Malcolm X, particularly his self-help teachings. -- Clarence Thomas
  • Ali... we should have gone to see that movie. Malcolm X was another one. -- Cicely Tyson
  • If you blink, you will miss me, but I am in 'Malcolm X.' -- Martin Donovan
  • If they had not murdered Malcolm X, there probably never would have been a Black Panther Party. -- Bobby Seale
  • I love 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X.' That was like the only black book we read in high school. -- Junot Diaz
  • Malcolm X raised my consciousness about myself and my people and other people more than any person I know. I knew him before he became Malcolm X. -- Lena Horne
  • Malcolm X found the language that communicated across the board, from college professor to floor sweeper, all at the same time, without demeaning the intellect of either. -- John Henrik Clarke
  • With guys I revere, like Marcus Garvey or Malcolm X, their look is less about style than purpose and the expression of beauty. It wasn't just about being noticed, you know? -- Mos Def
  • Malcolm X made me very strong at a time I needed to understand what I was angry about. He had peace in his heart. He exerted a big influence on me. -- Lena Horne
  • If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America. -- Eldridge Cleaver
  • Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad's message made a whole lot of people feel whole again, human being again. Some of them came out and found a new meaning to their manhood and their womanhood. -- John Henrik Clarke
  • I'm going to have to call up Spike Lee. I did a cameo for him in 'Malcolm X,' and I'm trying to get him to do my life story and the history of the Black Panther Party. -- Bobby Seale
  • Because wherever I am today, I still owe it to God and I owe it to two men - the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X and of course, two very special women, my mother and my wife. -- Louis Farrakhan
  • When I was teaching in the 1960s in Boston, there was a great deal of hope in the air. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive, Malcolm X was alive; great, great leaders were emerging from the southern freedom movement. -- Jonathan Kozol
  • The rage was in me, and if it wasn't for the rage, then I wouldn't know how to be calm. They feed off of each other. Just like when Malcolm X fed off Martin Luther King. They needed each other. -- Gary Sheffield
  • All the working-class people could feel a Malcolm X. They could hear Malcolm X, and two weeks later they could whisper back what he said. Verbatim. They could remember the way he put it, and he put it so well. -- John Henrik Clarke
  • In 1974, when I started working with the material that became 'Horses,' a lot of our great voices had died. We'd lost Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin, and people like Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. -- Patti Smith
  • I grew up in the sixties watching B.B. King and Tito Puente and Miles Davis and Coltrane, everybody, Marvin Gaye, Jimi. And at the same time, with my left eye I was watching Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Mother Teresa. -- Carlos Santana
  • People look at me like I should have been like Malcolm X or Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks. I should have seen life like that and stay out of trouble, and don't do this and don't do that. But it's hard to live up to some people's expectations. -- Rodney King
  • Jesus-murdered. Martin Luther King-murdered. Gandhi-murdered. Malcolm X-murdered. Reagan-wounded. -- Bill Hicks
  • Malcolm X educated himself in prison by reading. -- Stephen D. Krashen
  • I drive two black cars, I named em Malcolm X and Martin Luther. -- Drake
  • Ali... we should have gone to see that movie. Malcolm X was another one -- Cicely Tyson
  • Malcolm X already envisioning the N.O.I. playing a role cooperatively with integrationist organizations. -- Manning Marable
  • I was about 13 or 14 when I heard Malcolm X's speech 'Message to the Grass Roots.' -- Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • I believe that the FBI clearly was concerned, wanted to monitor and disrupt Malcolm X wherever possible. -- Manning Marable
  • I'm so familiar with what Malcolm X wrote at certain stages of his own life and development. -- Manning Marable
  • The guards didn't carry weapons. Malcolm X had insisted that the guards not carry firearms that day [February 21, 1965]. -- Manning Marable
  • I had been attracted by Malcolm X when he was still a member of the Nation of Islam. -- Sekou Odinga
  • The poor black people in it make the black people in Gone With the Wind look like Malcolm X. -- Ben Stein
  • I think that Malcolm X was the most remarkable historical figure produced by Black America in the 20th century. -- Manning Marable
  • I once did a - the first piece on Malcolm X that anyone had ever seen in the - white press. -- Nat Hentoff
  • Anne Romaine [ is ]folk singer and a skillful historian, even though she was not formally trained in the field [of Malcolm X]. -- Manning Marable
  • Malcolm X had a clear vision and an understanding that we were - that he was a part of a broad freedom struggle. -- Manning Marable
  • Malcolm X was the national spokesperson of the N.O.I., and he wasn't represented in their own newspaper for over a year. -- Manning Marable
  • New book on Malcolm X says we don't know how he was killed. Want to bring in the FBI. Maybe they were in already. -- Mort Sahl
  • Malcolm X is a person who has inspired - he has been the muse of several generations of black cultural workers, artists, poets, playwrights. -- Manning Marable
  • UCLA acknowledged this shift by bringing in Alex Haley (the co-author of The Autobiography of Malcolm X) and Eldridge Cleaver (Soul on Ice) as speakers. -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • When Malcolm X was assassinated I was working at the Apollo. They brought his body to the Unity Funeral Home, which was around the corner. -- Etta James
  • The NYPD was ubiquitous. They were always around Malcolm X. Whenever Malcolm spoke, there would be one or two dozen cops all over the place. -- Manning Marable
  • Malcolm X had a habit of scribbling notes in small pieces of paper that [Alex] Haley would surreptitiously pick up at the end of their discussions. -- Manning Marable
  • In November 1963, [Malcolm X] gives his famous message to the grassroots address in Detroit, which really kind of marks off the real turning point in his own development. -- Manning Marable
  • Malcolm X never renounced and never stepped away from a strong commitment to black nationalism and black self-determination. That's absolutely clear if you do any analysis of his speeches. -- Manning Marable
  • [Malcolm X] shared with Marcus Garvey a commitment to building strong black institutions. He shared with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a commitment to peace and the freedom of racialized minorities. -- Manning Marable
  • This book, "Speaking Freely," starts when I came to New York. And the first chapter is about a man who became a friend of mine, much to our mutual surprise, Malcolm X. -- Nat Hentoff
  • Malcolm X represents the cutting edge of a kind of critique of globalization in the 21st century. In fact, Malcolm, if anything, was far ahead of the curve in so many ways. -- Manning Marable
  • There's a hidden history. You see, Malcolm X and [Alex ] Haley collaborated to produce a magnificent narrative about the life of Malcolm X, but the two men had very different motives in coming together. -- Manning Marable
  • Two of the three men, who were imprisoned, Norman Butler and Robert 15x Johnson, convicted and given life sentences, I'm absolutely convinced were innocent. The real murderers of Malcolm X have not been caught or punished. -- Manning Marable
  • Let me put it in a positive light, with that archive [of Anne Romaine], we have gained extensive knowledge about how [Alex] Haley and Malcolm X actually worked and how the book, the autobiography, was constructed. -- Manning Marable
  • One of the striking things about doing research on Malcolm X, and I believe that most Malcolm X researchers could tell you their own stories, is that there's this paradox of the absence of critical information. -- Manning Marable
  • I believe that the evidence will show that there was not so much a conspiracy, but a convergence of interests with three different groups that had an interest in eliminating [Malcolm X] voice and his vision. -- Manning Marable
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  • Malcolm X felt that if he could make a public - a prominent public statement to show his fidelity to the Honorable Elijah Mohammad that that might win him back in the good graces of the organization. -- Manning Marable
  • Malcolm X was the first prominent American to attack and to criticize the U.S. role in Southeast Asia, and he came out four-square against the Vietnam War in 1964, long before the vast majority of Americans did. -- Manning Marable
  • Malcolm X made it very clear that if somebody goes after you - whether it's cops or not - you have to defend yourself. But he was not an advocate for violence the way the Black Panthers were. -- Nat Hentoff
  • Very few people have actually had a chance to see the raw material that was going to comprise these three chapters [of Malcolm X Autobiography]. The missing political testament that should have been in the autobiography, but isn't. -- Manning Marable
  • Malcolm X envisions a broad-based pluralistic united front, which is spearheaded by the Nation of Islam, but mobilizing integrationist organizations, non-political organizations, civic groups, all under the banner of building black empowerment, human dignity, economic development, political mobilization. -- Manning Marable
  • I always tell my students that Malcolm X came both to his spirituality and to his consciousness as a thinker when he had solitude to read. Unfortunately, tragically, like so many young black males, that solitude only came in prison. -- bell hooks
  • [James] Baldwin was a celebrity. A TV show like Kenneth Clark could put him aside of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. He was, at least, one of the three most important spokesmen of the movement and of the black community. -- Raoul Peck
  • The MMI brothers, who provided security for Malcolm X had been trained by Malcolm himself that inside of the Nation of Islam, whenever there is a diversion, you protect the principal. The principal, in this case Malcolm, clearly was not protected on February 21st [1965]. -- Manning Marable
  • We look at the legacy of Frederick Douglass and Ida B. Wells and Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Martin King. We have, and part of the struggle now in the age of [Barack] Obama is how do we keep alive the legacy of Martin King? -- Cornel West
  • Either Malcolm X or Martin [Luther King] could have played the role of a unifier, but it was - Malcolm as long as he remained within the Nation of Islam, talking to the converted, he did not represent a fundamental threat to the American government. -- Manning Marable
  • There are literally a thousand works with the title Malcolm X in them. There are over 350 films and over 320 web-based educational resources with the title Malcolm X, yet the vast majority of them are based on secondary literatures, that is, not on primary source material. -- Manning Marable
  • I think that Malcolm X was envisioning, even while he was in the Nation of Islam, a black nationalist progressive strategy toward uniting black people across ideological, class lines, denominational religious lines, Christians, as well as Muslims, to build a strong movement for justice and for empowerment. -- Manning Marable
  • To embrace the ideas of Malcolm X is to embrace the ideas of African Internationalism and the ideas of African Internationalism are opposite and contradictory to the ideals of Americanism. The ideals of African Internationalism promote freedom from oppression and injustice. These ideals promote freedom and independence. -- Omali Yeshitela
  • I think that now is the moment for us to rededicate ourselves to learning the truth about what happened on February 21st [when Malcolm X was killed]. The place to begin is to make all evidence public, and we have to begin with the federal government, and the FBI. -- Manning Marable
  • Don't condemn if you see a person has a dirty glass of water, just show them the clean glass of water that you have. When they inspect it, you won't have to say that yours is better." -said by Elijah Muhammad to Malcolm X -- Malcolm X
  • If we became students of Malcolm X, we would not have young black men out there killing each other like they're killing each other now. Young black men would not be impregnating young black women at the rate going on now. We'd not have the drugs we have now, or the alcoholism. -- Spike Lee
  • People sometimes forget all the films that we've done. They remember the likes of 'Malcolm X' and 'Do the Right Thing.' But I've been working since 1986. From the beginning, I was determined to not just be a flash in the pan. I've got to keep up with Woody Allen. He's lapping me. -- Spike Lee
  • I had seen 'Do the Right Thing' when I was at college, and it was incredibly inspiring as a piece of cinema. Just brilliant, I thought. But saw 'Malcolm X' with a crowded audience. It was my first time in an American cinema, hearing an audience respond. You know, in England, everyone is so restrained. -- Justin Chadwick
  • When white supremacy becomes institutional, it begins to harm the very people who are not simply outside of it because of their race, it begins to harm the folk who look like the folk who want to be in charge. Martin Luther King, Jr., understood this, Malcolm X understood this, James Baldwin really understood this. -- Michael Eric Dyson
  • Labels want my name beside a X like Malcolm -- Drake