His fierce advocacy and fight for civil and human rights put him at odds with the government and the white establishment. However, he was beloved by African-Americans and Africans abroad. Malcolm demanded equality “by any means necessary” and he felt all people deserve to be treated equally and fairly.
At the time of Malcolm’s assassination on February 19, 1965, he was actively pursuing Human Rights violations to be filed against the Unites States of America for the treatment of African-Americans. He compared the systemic racism and oppression of the African-American population within the US to be similar to, if not worse than, the apartheid state in South Africa.
“I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation.”
— Malcolm X
Malcolm X was an inspiration for many and was described as one of the most influential African Americans in history. His legacy lives on with the same passion for social justice. The same Human Rights concerns that he fought for in 1964 remain a consistent fight today.
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