Here's the Malcolm X Speech About Black Women Beyoncé Sampled in 'Lemonade'

Beyoncé's visual album Lemonade sampled a few artists but one of the most striking, memorable samples came from the voice of civil rights leader Malcolm X. 

Lemonade is about the power and strength of black women, and she used Malcolm X's words to highlight their resilience in the face of overwhelming adversity. 

In the speech, Malcolm says: 

"The most disrespected person in America is the black woman.
The most unprotected person in America is the black woman.
The most neglected person in America is the black woman."

The excerpt is from a speech Malcolm X gave May 22, 1962, in Los Angeles to a crowd of black Americans. In the speech, he asked: "Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?" 

Malcolm X's comments on women end with him making sure black men protect black women. While that may have been OK to say in the 1960s, it's pretty clear from Lemonade that Beyoncé needs no one to protect her. 

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