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Today, with police violence and discrimination against African Americans proliferating, the world celebrates the legacy of one of the greatest black leaders to have ever lived, Malcolm X, who was born on May 19, 1925.

Malcolm X, one of the most influential figures of recent history, developed an uncompromising political strategy based on studying the revolutions of oppressed peoples of color around the globe. Malcolm advised his followers to “examine the historic method used all over the world by others who have a similar problem to yours.”

Malcolm matched his political approach with an unrivaled ability to articulate the political demands of African Americans, evoking a style of speech that drew large audiences, and which resonated deeply with many people. His message still resonates today, and does so because it describes the condition of so many people in America, and elsewhere in the world.

Many of Malcolm’s speeches and phrases became widely known, most notably the idea that advised“by any means necessary,” which many years after his death remains the tactic and methodology needed in the fight for self-determination worldwide.

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