“I want to go back to Africa. But what can I do while I’m waiting to go? Go hungry? Live in a rat-infested slum? Send my children to a school where their brains are being crippled? No, if we are going to go but time is going to pass between now and our going, then we have to have a long-range program and a short-range program, one that is designed to turn us in that direction, but at the same time one that is designed to enable us to take maximum advantage of every opportunity under this roof where we are right now.” — Malcolm X

Source: Malcolm X. By Any Means Necessary. pg. 105. Stated during the second rally of the Organization of Afro American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in New York on July 5, 1964.

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