As we dedicate this month to Black History we mark February 21st as the day the world lost one of its greatest humanitarians - Malcolm X.
This legendary leader, born as El Haaj Malik El-Shabazz, has become a civil rights icon and is considered by many to be one of the most influential African Americans in history.
Malcom X's group of nationalists heightened the political consciousness of African Americans through public speaking which promoted freedom, justice and equality. He believed everyone should stand up for their race with courage, dignity and pride through self defense and activism. He once stated "we are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us."
Many consider Malcom X's approach to raising the self-esteem of African Americans and pushing for equal rights to be one the most effective approaches of our time. His legacy has been recognized by multiple generations and will remain a major part of African American history. It is clear his messages will continue to guide many into the future.
Malcolm X once said, "There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time."