Malcolm X's By Any Means Necessary

Malcolm X's By Any Means Necessary

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By Any Means Necessary is one of Malcolm X's most well known and remembered speeches. It entered the popular civil rights culture through a speech given by Malcolm X at the Organization of Afro-American Unity founding rally on June 28, 1964 in the last year of his life. It is generally considered to leave open all available tactics for the desired ends, including violence; however, the "necessary" qualifier adds a caveat-if violence is not necessary, then presumably, it should not be used.

"We declare our right on this earth to be a man, to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary."