Malcolm X was an influential black activist.
Malcolm X was raised as in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Malcolm X adopted his Muslim name when converted to the "Black Muslim" movement and became a member of the American-based, predominanly black Muslim religious body known as the "Nation of Islam." Later, after making a pilgrimage to Mecca where he was impressed by the multi-ethnic nature of the Muslim worshippers he encountered, Malcolm X moved to become part of "mainstream" Islam.
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Celebrity: Malcolm X
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A long-time member and spokesman for the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X converted to orthodox Islam after a pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964. - Wikipedia [link to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malcolm_X]