“If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” – Malcolm X

“A hundred years ago, they used to put on white sheets and use blood hounds against the Negroes. Today they’ve taken off the white sheets and put on police uniforms.” – Malcolm X


Malcolm X was born on May 19, 1925. Malcolm would have turned 90 today. 

Here are some of my favorite Malcolm X quotes to celebrate his birthday:

“I just don’t believe that when people are being unjustly oppressed that they should let someone else set rules for them by which they can come out from under that oppression.”

“My Alma mater was books, a good library… I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”

“Stumbling is not falling.”

“Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.”

“You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”