Highly regarded by his admirers, Malcolm X the firebrand leader was a former Nation of Islam leader and influential Black Rights activist. He was assassinated in New York City.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm X, who later changed his name to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, went on to become one of the most significant leaders in the struggle for racial equality and freedom for African Americans.

He dedicated his life to fighting racism, exploitation and injustices. Malcolm X played a critical role in educating African Americans on racial equality, Black pride and on their African heritage. He also advanced the Pan-Africanism ideology in his teachings.

We celebrate his legacy and remember the words he left us with in his quest to bring racial equality to the African-American race and advancing the Pan-Africanism movement.

1. “To me the earth’s most explosive and pernicious evil is racism, the inability of God’s creatures to live as One, especially in the Western world”. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1965.

2. “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” Speech at the Founding Rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity, 1964.

3. “You can’t separate peace from freedom, because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom”. Speech in New York City, January 1965.

4. “That’s our motto. We want freedom by any means necessary. We want justice by any means necessary. We want equality by any means necessary”. Speech at the Founding Rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity, 1964.

5. “Today it’s time to stop singing and start swinging. You can’t sing up on freedom, but you can swing up on some freedom. Speech at the Congress for Racial Equality, Detroit, April 1964.

“I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color” Malcolm X Photo: Wikipedia Commons

“I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color” Malcolm X Photo: Wikipedia Commons

6. “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it”. Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements, 1965.

7. “Power in defence of freedom is greater than power in behalf of tyranny and oppression”. Selected Speeches and Statements, 1965.

8. “The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make the criminal look like he’s a the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal”. Speech in Harlem, December 1964.

9. “Armed with the knowledge of our past, we can with confidence charter a course for our future. Culture is an indispensable weapon in the freedom struggle. We must take hold of it and forge the future with the past. Speech at Founding Rally of the OAAU, June 1964.

10. “Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it’s against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it’s against the oppressor. You don’t need anything else”. Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements, 1965.