Malcolm X was born in 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska and was given the name Malcolm Little. During his childhood, he and his family experienced racism against African Americans, and they moved to several different locations to escape it.
After Malcolm’s father was murdered in 1931, the family fell on hard times during the Great Depression. Malcolm’s mother had to be institutionalized for mental illness and Malcolm and his siblings were sent to foster homes. As a young adult, Malcolm became involved with criminal activity, and he ended up serving a ten year prison term. While in jail, he sought to better himself and read extensively about philosophy and religion. He learned about the Black Muslims and eventually joined their movement.
When Malcolm left prison, he changed his name to Malcolm X and began a life as an assistant minister in the Detroit Mosque. This led to other positions, and he became a spokesman for the Black Muslims who sought to separate the black race from others and use self defense as a way to achieve their goals. This contradicted the position of civil rights advocates of the time.
Malcolm X left the Black Muslims and began his own movement that sought to bring his cause more international attention. He didn’t get the opportunity to continue with his work because he was assassinated on February 21st, 1965 during a meeting in Harlem.
Below are 105 notable Malcolm X quotes that represent his journey to empower the African American race.
“Anytime you find someone more successful than you are, especially when you’re both engaged in the same business – you know they’re doing something that you aren’t.”
- Malcolm X had nine siblings. He had six siblings of the same parents and three half siblings.
- After an incident during one of his speeches, the FBI followed every move of Malcolm X.
- He founded Muslim Mosque, Inc. and Pan-Africanish Organization of Afro-American unity.
- Malcolm X inspired Cassius Clay, aka Muhammad Ali, to join the Islam religion.
- As early as age 9, Malcolm X began robbing food from stores because his family was in such dire economic need.
These famous Malcolm X quotes regarding race relations in the early and mid twentieth century represented his intense emotions about the subject. The passion in his words clearly reflects the struggle of African Americans during his lifetime.
— Hannah Hutyra