39 Malcolm X Inspirational Quotes for Social Activism

Malcolm X a prominent figure during the civil rights movement. He was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist whose works are best remembered today in his famous speeches and organizational ability.


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Malcolm X was a significant Black nationalist leader who served as a spokesman for the Nation of Islam during the 1950s and 1960s.

It is arguable due to his efforts that the Nation of Islam grew from a mere 400 members at the time he was released from prison in 1952 to 40,000 members by 1960.

Malcolm X  was assassinated on February 21, 1965. However, his key message continues to resonate among many Africans, especially the African diaspora community to this day.

During his civil activism, he largely condemned whites, whom he referred to as the “white devil,” for the historical oppression of blacks.

One of his key objectives was the total liberation of African people from European imperialism through:

  • “Black self-defense”
  • “Black economic autonomy”,
  • “Racial pride”.

Now, Malcolm X Inspirational Quotes for Social Activism.

  1. We need more light about each other.
  2. You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality.
  3. Wring is wrong, no matter who does or says it.
  4. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.
  5. You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
  6. As long as we stay in these conditions we will keep on begging him and he will control is.
  7. We never can win freedom and justice and equality until we are doing something for ourselves.
  8. Who taught you to hate the color of your skin?
  9. Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?
  10. You should ask yourself who taught you to hate being what God made you.
  11. As long as we stay in these conditions we will keep on begging him and he will control it.
  12. We never can win freedom and justice and equality until we are doing something for ourselves.
  13. Anytime you see someone more successful than you are, they are doing something you aren’t.
  14. Change is only a good thing if you change in a good way.
  15. I have no fear whatsoever of anybody or anything.
  16. If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.
  17. Truth is on the side of the oppressed.
  18. The media is the most powerful entity on earth.
  19. They have the power to make innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.
  20. What kind of a man wants a woman today that cannot hold a conversation.
  21. America preaches integration and practices segregation.
  22. Only a fool would let his enemy teach his children.
  23. Whenever a black man cares for his people, empowering them, and preaching truth they will always focus on his mistakes, his flaws, and his contradictions. They want to legitimize his message. Stop his progress and the hope for the people.
  24. You don’t have to be a man to fight for freedom. All you have to do is to be an intelligent human being.
  25. A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.
  26. Read absolutely everything you get your hands on because you’ll never know where you’ll get an idea from.
  27. Don’t be in such a hurry to condemn a person because he doesn’t do what you do, or think as you think or as fast.
  28. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.
  29. Education is an important element in the struggle for human rights. It is the means to help our children and thereby increase self-respect.
  30. Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
  31. If you have no critics you’ll likely have no success.
  32. There is nothing better than adversity.
  33. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.
  34. I want to be remembered as someone who was sincere.
  35. Without education, you’re not going anywhere in this world.
  36. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it.
  37. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.
  38. Nobody can give you freedom.
  39. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.

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