Malcolm's last year of life should perhaps be viewed as primarily a period of transition. A few days before his death, he told a reporter he was finally "man enough to tell you that I can't put my finger on exactly what my philosophy is now." During his pilgrimage to Mecca, the example of Islam helped Malcolm to realize the possibility of reconciliation of the races, and his travels in Africa emphasized to him the importance of the other black peoples of the world. The two independent organizations he tried to form, Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity, were both to be secular, activist-oriented political organizations; the latter was to be specifically Pan-Africanist in its orientation. Yet neither organization was sufficiently developed to be able to determine what they might have accomplished had they gone into action.
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