Happy Birthday El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”

— Malcolm X

Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965), born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Arabic: الحاجّ مالك الشباز‎), was an African-American Muslim minister, public speaker, and human rights activist. To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of African Americans, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. His detractors accused him of preaching racism, black supremacy, antisemitism, and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history,and in 1998, Time named The Autobiography of Malcolm X one of the ten most influential nonfiction books of the 20th century.Read More Here…

“We need more light about each other. Light creates understanding, understanding creates love, love creates patience, and patience creates unity.”

— Malcolm X

CBC Archives: Malcolm X on Front Page Challenge, 1965

1965: After leaving the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X appears on CBC-TV’s “Front Page Challenge” weeks before his assassination. He proclaims, “I’m against any form of segregation and racism.” See http://www.cbc.ca/archives for this and 12,000 other clips at the CBC Digital Archives.

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”

— Malcolm X

Public Enemy – Fight The Power (Long Version)

“If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.”

— Malcolm X

Dead Prez (ft. Divine) – Malcolm, Garvey & Huey

“How can you thank a man for giving you what’s already yours? How then can you thank him for giving you only part of what is yours?”

— Malcolm X

Dennis Brown – Malcolm X

“A wise man can play the part of a clown, but a clown can’t play the part of a wise man.”

— Malcolm X

Sam Cooke – A change is Gonna Coming

“Times change so quickly that if you and I don’t keep up with the times, we’ll find ourselves with an umbrella in our hand, over our head, when the sun is out. Or we’ll find ourselves standing in the rain, with the umbrella inside the door.”

— Malcolm X

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