If he were still alive, Malcolm X would be 91 today.

By Kenrya Rankin

ColorLines, May 19, 2016 —

Malcolm X at unidentified location on January 1, 1960. Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty

Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little, later known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz) was born 91 years ago, today. In celebration of his life, May 19 has been dubbed #MalcolmXDay.

Remember exactly why he was a trailblazer in the fight for civil rights with some of his most poignant quotes: