In 1964, Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) made two trips to Africa and the Middle East. During those trips, he kept copious notes and those notes, along with editing, annotations, and commentary by Herb Boyd and Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, comprise the whole of this remarkable diary. The Diary provides Malcolm's meticulous documentation of his pilgrimage to Mecca, his stay in Africa and the Middle East, and the many people, famous or otherwise, he meets. The heart of The Diary is Malcolm's observations, impressions and circumstances he encounters during his travels. In many ways, The Diary complements and amplifies his autobiography with its open and honest discourse.