Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements

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These are the major speeches made by Malcolm X during the last eight tumultuous months of his life. In this short period of time, his vision for abolishing racial inequality in the United States underwent a vast transformation. Beginning with his break from the Black Muslims, he moved increasingly away from the dogmas of black nationalism, separatism, and violent revolution as the only means to achieve freedom. Although he continued to believe that the African-American community must be entirely committed to its ...
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Overview

These are the major speeches made by Malcolm X during the last eight tumultuous months of his life. In this short period of time, his vision for abolishing racial inequality in the United States underwent a vast transformation. Beginning with his break from the Black Muslims, he moved increasingly away from the dogmas of black nationalism, separatism, and violent revolution as the only means to achieve freedom. Although he continued to believe that the African-American community must be entirely committed to its own liberation, excluding all others not equally devoted to this goal, he had come to take a broader view of human rights, and to accept at least the possibility of alliances with other groups. As I. F. Stone wrote in his review, "In these pages one can begin to understand Malcolm X's power as a speaker and to see the political legacy he left his people in their struggle for full emancipation."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802132130
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st Grove Weidenfeld Evergreen ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 617,327
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 7.04 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
I. Message to the Grass Roots: November 10, 1963, Detroit 3
II. A Declaration of Independence: March 12, 1964, New York City 18
III. The Ballot or the Bullet: April 3, 1964, Cleveland 23
IV. The Black Revolution: April 8, 1964, New York City 45
V. Letters from Abroad: April 20, 1964, Jedda, Saudi Arabia May 10, 1964, Lagos, Nigeria May 11, 1964, Accra, Ghana 58
VI. The Harlem "Hate-Gang" Scare: May 29, 1964, New York City 64
VII. Appeal to African Heads of State: July 17, 1964, Cairo, Egypt 72
VIII. At the Audubon: December 13, 1964, New York City 88
IX. With Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer: December 20, 1964, New York City 105
X. At the Audubon: December 20, 1964, New York City 115
XI. To Mississippi Youth: December 31, 1964, New York City 137
XII. Prospects for Freedom in 1965: January 7, 1965, New York City 147
XIII. After the Bombing: February 14, 1965, Detroit 157
XIV. Confrontation with an "Expert": February 18, 1965, New York City 178
XV. Last Answers and Interviews: A selection of statements made in interviews and meetings between November 23, 1964, and February 21, 1965, the last three months of Malcolm X's life 194
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    malcolm x speaks an amazing book.

    i am 15 and live in london i ordered this book 3 weeks ago and have been engrossed since i got it from b and n malcolms inspiring words really make you think about life i seriously recomend this book. its also taught me alot about standing up for what you believe in. best quote " ...if someone puts their hand on you, send him to the cemetary. Thats a good religion..."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2002

    Malcolm X on Need for Uncompromising Struggle

    In re-reading Malcolm X Speaks, I'm struck by how well he understood the viciousness of the U.S. system of oppression and how clearly he expressed the need for all-out, uncompromising struggle against it. The capitalist class lashed out at Malcolm X for these speeches, not just because he criticized their system, but because he dared to awaken the oppressed to their unconquerable human potential. Fighters from all over the world have studied this book, members of Sinn Fein in Ireland, farmers fighting foreclosure, opponents of police brutality, and supporters of the embattled Palestinians. Sharing the lessons of this book will advance our struggle!

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