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Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements

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Speeches from the last year of Malcolm X's life through which readers can follow the evolution of his views on racism, U.S. intervention in the Congo and Vietnam, capitalism, socialism, political action, and more.

"To understand this remarkable man, one must turn to Malcolm X Speaks. . . . All but one of the speeches were made in those last eight tumultuous months of his li

Unknown Binding, 226 pages
Published January 1st 1965 by Grove/Atlantic
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Feb 29, 2016 Muberra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases the race problem from its society. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with, people who would have been considered 'white' in America, but the religion of Islam in their hearts has removed the 'white' from their minds. They practice sincere and true brotherhood with other people irrespective of their color.” –Malcolm X
Chris Day
May 25, 2012 Chris Day rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Considering the limited number of work by Brother Malcolm, this collection is invaluable. After leaving the Nation of Islam, not much is made of Malcolm's time between leaving, his hajj to Mecca, and his assassination; "Malcolm X Speaks" covers Malcolm's philosophical and political maturation as documented in press conferences, speeches, lectures, interviews, etc. From his early stages as a Black Nationalist to full on militant socialist, this collection gives an unprecedented insight into the m ...more
Mar 02, 2013 Marc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Malcolm X sadly gets less recognition than he deserves. I've always liked Malcolm more than King mainly because I believe with his line of reasoning and with the fact that Malcolm realized that he was wrong about white people. While I have read the autobiography and see the movie and a documentary or two, I still felt like I didn't get to know about the man.

I bought this book because I not only wanted to hear the words of Malcolm X, but I wanted to take them all in context. There is a little bit
Jul 08, 2013 Sean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent collection of some of Malcolm X's most important speeches. However, a few omit sizeable selections from some of the speeches, much of the time leaving out important parts. Still, this is one of the best books on Malcolm X's political thought there is, perhaps only surpassed by "By Any Means Necessary" by the same author.
Jack Wolfe
Apr 24, 2013 Jack Wolfe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For historical import, this is of course five stars. As a reading experience I'm giving it just four because Malcolm's strengths as an orator don't always translate well to print. The man had a rhetorical style like no other, and you can definitely hear his voice in his words. Still, he was not a supremely gifted writer like Martin Luther King, and after a while, these transcribed speeches get a little... I don't know... predictable? Take one of these speeches on its own, and its hard not to be ...more
Abdullah Sayed
Jan 11, 2015 Abdullah Sayed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Malcolm X Speaks is an amazing documentation of the work and life of Malcolm X. It describes how many of his beliefs and ideas changed through his life, and changed his views on the world. The book has a simple structure that makes it efficient, and understandable. All the major speeches are included in the book, each one starting with an introduction and description written by the author George Breitman. I immensely enjoyed the book as it allowed me to see how Malcolm X changed through out his ...more
Bashir Alsamani
Oct 22, 2016 Bashir Alsamani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Malcolm being not a big fan of non violent approach caused press and other people to call him a hater, racist and violent man, in his defense he says that he respect non violent protestors and their courage, at the same time he sees violent approach is mereley self defense, and that black racism is only a reaction of the racism and the opression the faced from KKK and the rigged system.
I also admire how he tried to connect black american to their brothers in Africa.
The book focus on the Orthodox
Mar 09, 2017 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Mah man, Malcolm, still fighting the good fight in 2017.
Jul 04, 2007 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: marxists, commies, believers in human rights, conservatives
Malcolm X was a remarkably gifted public speaker, but there are a lot of gifted public speakers. What made X an orator, a leader, and a legend is that he actually had something to say. He has so many amazing phrases that you can ignore some of the tautologies and flaws in the rhetoric (or you can use the flaws to sharpen your own mind). The problem with reading a collection of speeches is the same as the problem with reading a collection of poetry: it is meant to be read aloud, so for someone li ...more
Malcom was able to draw from others experience as well as his own studies to shape and push ideas of black identity in the national dialogue in an intelligent, charasmatic, inspirational way. His speeches are the building blocks to his success and you know they say genius is in the details.
Dec 01, 2016 Lulu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can you imagine what the world would look like today if great leaders like Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba, and Martin Luther King, Jr were actually allowed to live and grow old?!?!

Crystal Belle
Jan 27, 2009 Crystal Belle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the ballot or the bullet speech is timeless and my favorite speech of the book.
May 18, 2015 Zainab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change.
SJ Loria
Mar 13, 2016 SJ Loria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is for the Autobiography of Malcolm X.

There are few leaders, but within the real of leaders there are different leadership types. Having finished Malcom X’s autobiography for the second time, I asked myself who he is as a person, what kind of leader is he, what did he stand for, and why was he perceived by the country the way he was? I’ll state this from the beginning - I really like Malcolm X, I think he was intentionally harsh to make his larger points, and more than anything else
May 21, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Malcolm X is one of the most controversial figures in American history, yet you would be hard pressed to find many people today who have listened or read a speech by Malcolm X. Growing up, the Civil Rights Movement in my education was defined into two parts: MLK Jr. (nonviolence is the answer, etc) vs. Malcolm X (violence is okay). Even on a basic level getting away from the simplification, its deceiving to draw the lines like that. After all, Malcolm X was assassinated in '65, less than a year ...more
Jan 24, 2010 blakeR rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Regardless of what I think about Malcolm X the man or the activist, this is an invaluable collection of speeches, interviews, and historical narrative that traces the evolution of his thought in his last year, maybe his most dynamic in terms of personal and political growth. While the speeches toward the end get repetitive, the first several are sharp, articulate, and nearly jump off the page with an angry energy. Several times while reading I wished I had been able to see him speak just once, b ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-ref  ·  review of another edition
A principios de 1960, por ejemplo, tras el enorme ímpetu creado por la Conferencia de Bandung y las luchas de liberación nacional Africanas y Latinoamericanas, Malcolm X intentó reorientar el foco de las demandas de los Afroamericanos desde los “derechos civiles” hacia los “derechos humanos” y esto desvió retóricamente el foro de apelación desde el Congreso de los Estados Unidos a la Asamblea General de la ONU. Como muchos otros líderes Afroamericanos desde Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X reconoció cla ...more
Jan 20, 2008 Tommy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: american history fans, civil rights fans, revolutionaries
I find Malcolm X and his ideas fascinating and revolutionary. There are great aspects to this book and it is well worth reading to understand more completely one of the leader voices in the fight for racial equality.

It is extremely interesting to see how Malcolm's views change over time based on various experiences in his life but, as with anyone with a semi-consistent platform or cause, the themes tend to get worn and repeated. By the end Malcolm's words seem much less fresh. I would strongly s
I have heard others talk about Malcolm like he was the plague. I've heard these speaks before and they are brought to you in a nice easy to read package. I'm also from the north that enbodies protection of our rights by all means. MLK and Malcolm fought on the same side with a mighty one two punch. You read this you begin to understand American Wasechu were awful in his day. My family has stories of rape, boarding schools, and murder w/o justice. In those times it was hard to stand tall and brav ...more
Guillaume Marceau
Sep 12, 2011 Guillaume Marceau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite bit so far (which actually appears quite early in the book) is a quote from the opening sentence of one of Malcom X's speach:

Mr. Moderator, Brother Lomax, brothers and sisters, friends and enemies: I just can't believe everyone in here is a friend and I don't want to leave anybody out.

In his speeches, Malcom X strikes a blend of outright revolt and openness to the other party, in hope of a peaceful resolution. Not an easy combo.

Also a good read: "Most of you have no idea what Marti
Apr 01, 2011 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still reading this one. It will be a while 'cause, I feel the need to re-read some of the pages to gain clearer understanding. Also, the copy I got is in spanish and I'm not the fastest reader in spanish.

So much of what he said then is also true of what can be said now. The oppressors have changed their faces and are trying new tacitics, but their desired results are the same. Malcolm's voice is one we need to find in ourselves. Everyone needs to read this book, doesn't matter what your rac
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway and I'm very glad that I did.

You hear so much about Malcolm X. But, reading his words paints a very different picture. One could say a more-full picture. You can argue with his tactics but it's hard to argue his reasoning. And, in this remarkable collection of the speeches and interviews he gave over the last year of his life, you get to see a man whose opinion is changing and ever-evolving. It's worth reading whether you think you like this man or d
Abby Beatty
Oct 28, 2008 Abby Beatty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2ND QUARTER: This is one of the most inspiring, moving and incredible book I've ever read. He is such a passionate and brilliant speaker. Throughout the time that these various speeches are made many defining events occurred in his life, like leaving the Nation of Islam and his pilgrimage to Mecca. Crucial events were also occurring around him during this time period, like the presidential election on 1964 and the March on Washington only slightly before.

His strength and determination have been
Mar 05, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
although i did not finish this book, the selections i read seemed right on when Malcolm talked about racism in America. Since the speaches all took place in the last year of his life there was much repatition. The most inspiring thing about Malcolm X for me is his change after visiting Mecca.

the non-violent question is a hard one. how many of us are really brave enough to turn the other cheek?
May 19, 2013 Nadia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't know what to say about this, it's Malcolm, what else do you need to know? My only reason for giving it this rating is that once you've read half the book it starts to get repetitive and you don't really need to read the second half, though I did like reading his debate with an "expert" at the end, so more like a 3.5. The first half of this book gets a five, that first speech is esp powerful and it gives me goosebumps every single time.
Scott Deardorff
Aug 06, 2008 Scott Deardorff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book helped me understand a part of american history that many can't or won't talk about. Malcolm X is one of the most misunderstood people in American and world history. This book helps you to formulate your own opinion about how and why his words are so taken out of context or taken to the full extreme.
Mar 18, 2008 Lashanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be read by everyone of all races. Many folks these days pay lip service to what Malcolm X represented back in the day. Listening to/reading his actual words is a priceless experience, even if I didn't agree with all of his views. After reading this book, I tried to read MLK's speeches, but couldn't find a similar book.
Allan Wastani
May 30, 2012 Allan Wastani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what i think is that this guy was trying to enlighten his african educated stereotypes who are obsessed with a know it all attitude but in reality they need to be re-educated about some few sensitive issues. finaly leading them to the light of love and forgiveness. iam nt a racist. no hard feelings.
Jul 02, 2009 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i recommend watching or listening to any Malcolm X speeches available before reading this book (Malcolm X the documentary, with brief narration by James Earl Jones, is a great starting point)...its a great benefit to have Malcolm X's voice in your head while you read
Feb 05, 2008 Tariq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent supplementary book to the Autobiography, however, some of the opinions expressed in the speeches are of the Nation of Islam, and not the eventual opinions Malcolm came to rest on. Therefore, the reader must take them in their proper context.
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Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little), also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an American Black Muslim minister and a spokesman for the Nation of Islam.

After leaving the Nation of Islam in 1964, he made the pilgrimage, the Hajj, to Mecca and became a Sunni Muslim. He also founded the Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Less than a year later, he was assassinated in Wash
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