The Speeches of Malcolm X at Harvard
“I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don’t believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn’t want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I’m not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn’t know how to return the treatment.”
On December 16, 1964 the human rights activist Malcolm X gave his third and final speech at Harvard University Law School Forum. While there have been many books that have educated us on Malcolm X ‘s life journey. The Speeches of Malcolm X written by Archie Epps provides us in depth analysis on his message. What made Minister Malcolm X a great orator is not what he said, but the way he said it in painting a picture on the struggle for freedom for the African American race of where we are today, using imagery, metaphors, and poetic rhetoric, and news media. His vision brought to fruition a hope that one day African-Americans would not only attain civil rights but human rights as well.
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