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Malcolm X

The hajj journey of black Americans 50 years after Malcolm X

As Shahidah Sharif, an African-American Muslim, joined millions of fellow pilgrims from around the world on the hajj this year, she felt a renewed connection. To her own "blackness," she says, but also to humanity as a whole. "When the human family becomes more important than just myself and my needs, nothing can get in the way of building relationships," she told The Associated Press in Mecca. "It doesn't matter if we have different faiths, different races, different nationalities, I can find something in common with you." For American black Muslims, this year brought a significant landmark, the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X's death. A year before...