5 Ways Malcolm X's Legacy Lives on Today Share PINTEREST Email Print Liveabout Humor Political Humor Web Humor Paranormal & Ghosts Entertainment Hobbies Activities By Emily Faherty Updated March 11, 2019 The world remembers prominent civil rights leader Malcolm X, born on May 19, 1925. Though he is often remembered as a controversial counterpart to Martin Luther King, Jr. in the fight for equality, Malcolm X's beliefs about race continue to speak to a new generation. 01 of 05 He Lived During a Transformative Time in America Win McNamee/Getty Images The 1950s and ‘60s were a time of great change (and great danger) for African-Americans, with the nation at a crossroads in its discussions on race. As we all know, it’s still a turbulent time today. Headlines about and dominate the news, and remind us there is a long way to go before we can finally in the country. 02 of 05 He Believed Black Lives Mattered Andrew Burton/Getty Images It’s tough to say exactly how Malcolm X would have responded to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, among other major news stories about race relations. But he was a powerful advocate of Black pride and empowerment during his lifetime and spoke to the values of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, long before it became a hashtag and battle cry. 03 of 05 He Protested Injustice Marion S. Trikosko/Library of Congress Before his life was cut short when he was assassinated in 1965 at the age of 39, Malcolm X was on a mission to create a just society. His belief in the rationalization of violence in self-defense was polarizing and in direct contrast with the non-violent beliefs of Dr. King. He wasn't afraid of conflict if it helped to further his mission and stood up for what he believed in — much like the protesters we've seen in Ferguson, MO, and Baltimore, MD. 04 of 05 He Embraced Change With an Open Mind Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Malcolm X demanded changes in society, but he also changed his own philosophies quite a bit, too. Once at odds with the Civil Rights Movement, his early career advocated for violent measures, as well as segregation with the establishment of a separate Black community. However, Malcolm X later adjusted his opinions, which can teach us a potential lesson in being open-minded and nonjudgmental. 05 of 05 He Influenced Others Through His Words Bob Parent/Archive Photos/Getty Images Malcolm X was well-known for his dynamic speeches and charisma for the causes he championed. Malcolm X shared his story with writer Alex Haley, who helped publish The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley a few months after his assassination. That book is still considered and remains influential to this day.