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11+ quotes from Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable

Quotes from Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Manning Marable ·  608 pages

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“To blacks, it was abundantly clear what groups like the NAACP and CORE wanted; the NOI, by contrast and largely by design, had no clear social program that realistically could be implemented (215).”
― Manning Marable, quote from Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention


“Within the Nation, he [Malcolm] explained that his purpose was to present the views of Elijah Muhammad and to challenge distortions about their religion. In fact, his objectives were to turn upside down the standard racial dialectic of black subordination and white supremacy, and to show off his rhetorical skill at the expense of white authorities and Negro integrationists (185).”
― Manning Marable, quote from Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention


“There is no greater serenity of mind,” Malcolm reflected, “than when one can shut the hectic noise and pace of the materialistic outside world, and seek inner peace within oneself.”
― Manning Marable, quote from Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention


“For all the strides the Nation [of Islam] had made in promoting self-improvement in the lives of its members, its political isolation had left it powerless to change the external conditions that bounded their freedoms (177).”
― Manning Marable, quote from Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention


“His aura was too bright and his masculine force affected me physically,” Angelou recalled years later. ʺA hot desert storm eddied around him and rushed to me, making my skin contract, and my pores slam shut. . . . His hair was the color of burning embers and his eyes pierced.”
― Manning Marable, quote from Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention


“only poetry could best fit into the vast emptiness created by men.”
― Manning Marable, quote from Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention


“In March 1955, Powell called for a boycott of Harlem savings banks that "practice 'Jim Crow-ism' and 'economic lynching.'" He urged Abyssinian Baptist Church's fifteen thousand members to withdraw their funds from white-woned banks and transfer them to either the black-owned Carver Federal Savings in Harlem or the black-owned Tri-State Bank in Memphis, Tennessee (108).”
― Manning Marable, quote from Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention


“There is no greater serenity of mind,” Malcolm reflected, “than when one can shut the hectic noise and pace of the materialistic outside world, and seek inner peace within oneself.” Later that evening Malcolm wrote, “The”
― Manning Marable, quote from Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention


“The Ku Klux Klan is the invisible government of the United States,” he told his followers at Liberty Hall in 1922, and it “represents to a great extent the feelings of every real white American.”
― Manning Marable, quote from Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention


“United States history is that of a country that does whatever it wants to by any means necessary . . . but when it comes to your and my interest, then all of this means become limited,” he argued. “We are dealing with a powerful enemy, and again, I am not anti-American or un-American. I think there are plenty of good people in America, but there are also plenty of bad people in America and the bad ones are the ones who seem to have all the power.” What”
― Manning Marable, quote from Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention


“You will grow to be hated when you become well known.”
― Manning Marable, quote from Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention


About the author

Manning Marable
Born place: in Dayton, Ohio, The United States
Born date May 13, 1950
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