By Any Means Necessary - Malcolm X - Mandela Case

Mandela Case

In the final scene of the 1992 movie Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela—recently released after 27 years of political imprisonment—appears as a schoolteacher in a Soweto classroom. Yet Mandela informed director Spike Lee that he could not utter the famous final phrase "by any means necessary" on camera fearing that the apartheid government would use it against him if he did. Lee obliged, and the final seconds of the film feature black-and-white footage of Malcolm X himself delivering the phrase.

Read more about this topic:  By Any Means Necessary, Malcolm X

Famous quotes containing the words case and/or mandela:

    I often used to think myself in the case of the fox-hunter, who, when he had toiled and sweated all day in the chase as if some unheard-of blessing was to crown his success, finds at last all he has got by his labor is a stinking nauseous animal. But my condition was yet worse than his; for he leaves the loathsome wretch to be torn by his hounds, whilst I was obliged to fondle mine, and meanly pretend him to be the object of my love.
    Sarah Fielding (1710–1768)

    Together, hand in hand, with that stick of matches, with our necklace, we shall liberate this country.
    —Winnie Mandela (b. 1934)