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After a period of travel in Africa and the Middle East, which included completing the Hajj, he also became known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz.
He repudiated the Nation of Islam, disavowed racism and founded Muslim Mosque, Inc. He continued to emphasize Pan-Africanism, black self-determination, and black self-defense.
and said he did not know why so many black people were excited about a demonstration "run by whites in front of a statue of a president who has been dead for a hundred years and who didn't like us when he was alive".In 1946, at age twenty, he went to prison for larceny and breaking and entering.While in prison, he became a member of the Nation of Islam (NOI), changing his birth name Malcolm Little to Malcolm... After his parole in 1952 he quickly rose to become one of the organization's most influential leaders, serving as the public face of the controversial group for a dozen years.By March 1964, Malcolm X had grown disillusioned with the Nation of Islam and its leader Elijah Muhammad.
Expressing many regrets about his time with them, which he had come to regard as largely wasted, he embraced Sunni Islam.Malcolm and his siblings secured her release 24 years later.