Quotation Analysis

By: Nate Giese

"You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom"

-Malcolm X to the Militant Labor Forum

(January 7th 1965)


To tell of changes that should occur in 1965 and convince people to prevent the seating of segregationist congressmen.


Changes needed to occur for the civil rights many.


I was not able to find one, so probably small at the time.


This quote is important because it shows the impact that freedoms bring to life. Its use in his speech shows that governments around the world should focus on giving freedoms to their people instead of taking them.

Detail Analyzation


Throughout the speech that Malcolm X gave the attitudes of annoyance and hope are shown - especially when he said this quote.


A few moments before Malcolm X said the quote I choose he said, “we’re going to have a little chat ... about the prospects of peace - or the prospects of freedom in 1965”. He purposefully slipped and said peace instead of freedom, saying that it is hard to differentiate between the two. I believe he would have slowed his pacing as this “mistake” was made to make for his audience to notice. This slip up would make it easier to move into the idea of the interlocking of freedom and peace.

Impacting Ideas

The idea that freedom is a required to be at peace would impact an audience by revealing the impact that government has on the lives of the people and the importance of freedoms.


The repetition of freedom and peace throughout this section of Malcolm X's speech pins down the importance of the two and how they interlock.



Malcolm X “Prospects for Freedom in 1965” Speech. New York, New York 7 Jan. 1965. American Rhetoric. Web. 17 Mar. 2015.

Chester, Toya. "Malcolm X and the Fight for Black Freedom." Socialist
Alternative. N.p., 4 Feb. 2015. Web. 18 Mar. 2015.

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