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An Adventuresome ChildGrowing Up in LansingHead of the ClassA BraggadocioA MissionaryStreet WitHarlem DemonstrationReaching a Broad AudienceDriving Around HarlemA Synthesis of Roles

Philbert Little
A Braggadocio

He didn't have the temerity, I suppose you'd call it, to be bad. Malcolm was good. Everybody who knows Malcolm would tell you, he was a good man. And this is even before he came into Islam. He was a good man. He was not vulgar. He did not use vulgarity. And he was not disrespectful of your rights, this kind of a thing. He would brag; he was a braggadocio. He would brag about what he had done, and this and that, but he hadn't been that bad. He was just knew how to tell it so that it sounded as though he had been a bad guy. "He was a gang leader," but he was no gang leader, he didn't have no gang. So he went on back to Boston.

Malcolm X: Make It Plain American Experience PBS