“History is a people’s memory, and without a memory man is demoted to the level of the lower animals. When you have no knowledge of your history, you’re just another animal; in fact, you’re a Negro; something that’s nothing . The only black man on earth who is called a Negro is one who has no knowledge of his history. The only black man on earth who is called a Negro is one who doesn’t know where he came from. That’s the one in America. They don’t call Africans Negroes.” — Malcolm X

Me Against Iniquity: Understanding the Complexities of Global White Supremacy (Racism) Through The Eyes of an Educated Black Man

Source: Malcolm X. By Any Means Necessary. pg. 55-56. Stated during the founding rally of the Organization of Afro American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in New York on June 28, 1964.

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