"I'm as much against integration as the white people in New York City are but I'm also against segregation and I'm for separation. Separation is a system whereby the schools are operated by the black man and it involves quality education.” Born May 19, 1925, Malcolm X became one of the defining voices of the civil rights movement.
Malcolm took a more aggressive stance on how to end racial injustice than his contemporary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., encouraging his followers to use any means necessary to fight against racism. However his ideals shifted over the years and in 1964 after leaving the Nation of Islam and traveling throughout the Middle East and Africa, he came back to the U.S. with beliefs that were closer to King’s. But his voice was silenced before the world could see how Malcolm X could ultimately change race relations in the U.S.