He believed that black people should defend and advance themselves “by any means necessary.” His speeches were especially effective for African Americans who grew tired of being told to wait for freedom and justice. His charisma and ability to appeal to those people not satisfied with Civil Rights Movement can be credited for the large increase in the Nation of Islam membership during the period.
After his separation from the Nation of Islam in 1965, Malcolm X did begin to change his views and expressed more willingness to work with civil rights movement leaders. He also claimed that his international travel had changed his perspective and believed that instead of focusing only on civil rights, it should be on human rights, as this would bring it to a global scale. He still advocated black nationalism and argued that if the government wasn’t going to protect black people, they should secure their own justice and