Malcolm X Speaks collects the major late speeches of one of the most important leaders of our time, a man who was not only a champion of Black liberation and empowerment but also one of the great orators of the twentieth century. This long-celebrated book of Malcolm X’s speeches documents his changing vision of racial equality and is a testament to the enduring power of his words. For many years, Malcolm X resisted the nonviolent and integrationist approaches of the mainstream civil rights movement, emphasizing instead the separation of the white and Black races. Beginning with his break from the Black Muslims, however, Malcolm X moved away from philosophies of the Nation of Islam and began to take a broader view of the potential for productive alliances with other groups in the battle for liberation. Now reissued with an introduction by the author of How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning Ibram X. Kendi, this edition of Malcolm X Speaks is a more-essential-than-ever volume in the literature of Black power.
Praise for Malcolm X Speaks:
“No collection better shows Malcolm’s brilliance as a speaker.”—Ibram X. Kendi
“In their pages one can begin to understand his power as a speaker and to see the political legacy he left his people in its struggle for emancipation. Over and over again in simple imagery, savagely uncompromising, he drove home the real truth.”—I.F. Stone, New York Review of Books
“Fascinating and provocative . . . He must in the end receive what every important historical figure deserves: a comprehensive examination of both word and deed. To do less would be to fail ourselves, and the history Malcolm X so boldly helped to create.”—Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times