U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, center, and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, right, during the summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 21, 2016. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
<p>U.S. President Barack Obama speaks with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan during the summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 21, 2016. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)</p>
It was in mecca that Malcolm X experienced the epiphany that would change his worldview, away from hatred for whites and toward a more universal brotherhood of men--but a brotherhood possible only under Islam.
U.S. President Barack Obama waves to Saudi officials on arrival to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Obama is expected to meet with King Salman and attend a meeting of Gulf Arab heads of state of the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries during his two-day visit to the kingdom. (Photo: Hasan Jamali/AP)
In April 1964, Malcom X went to Saudi Arabia and completed his Hajj. It was during this trip that he started to believe that Islam could play a major role in overcoming racial problems. He said that seeing Muslims of “all colors, from blue-eyed blonds to black-skinned Africans” made him realize this.