"For 12 long years I lived within the narrow minded confines of the 'straightjacket world' created by my strong belief that Elijah Muhammad was a messenger direct from God Himself, and my faith in what I now see to be pseudo-religious philosophy that he preaches..I shall never rest until I have undone the harm I did to so many well-meaning, innocent. Negroes who through my own evangelistic zeal now believe in him even more fanatically and more blindly than I did" .
"The holiest and most sacred city on earth. The foundation of truth, love, peace and brotherhood. Here I am, back in Mecca. I am still traveling, trying to broaden my mind, for I've seen too much of the damage narrow-mindedness can make of things, and when I return home to America, I will devote what energies I have to repairing the damage".
"The price of freedom is death"
"If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary".
"It is a time for martyrs now, and if I am to be one, it will be for the cause of brotherhood. That's the only thing that can save this country".
"Once I was yes. But now I have turned my direction away from anything that's racist".
"I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination. I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color".
"We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have proven acceptable to ourselves".
The life cycle and complexities of Malcolm X with its many stages as well as post death events still require ongoing scholarship forty-eight years later.
The Birthday of Malcolm X
Manning Marable Tribute & Scholarly Book On Malcolm X