Famous Sayings #112 — ‘Be Any Means Necessary’


Shmaltz and Menudo

July 8, 2018

We are going to fight for our rights and get them by any means necessary.

by any means necessary, Malcolm X, Civil Rights Movement, famous sayings In one of Malcom X’s most famous speeches, he told his followers that they would fight for their human rights “by any means necessary.” Image via Flickr by Sabatu. Public domain image.

This is a phrase that can be applied today, but one that is at least 64 years old.

I first heard the phrase “by any means necessary” in the 1990s, during an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. In that episode, an activist friend of Phillip and Vivian Banks came to town and began influence Will and Carlton. The activist was still stuck in a 1960s mindset and she told Will that change needed to be fought for “by any means necessary.” Afterward, Will and Carlton tried to engage in their own activism while fighting to…

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3 thoughts on “Famous Sayings #112 — ‘Be Any Means Necessary’

  1. Shoot, I just realized that I had a typo in the title. I meant to put “By Any Means Necessary.” I updated the title and the URL. Can you update that?

    Sorry about that. Thanks for the reblog, though.

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