Alex Haley

Writer Alex Haley
African American Literature Book Club

Profession: Writer

United States of America

Biography: Best known as the author of the 1976 book "Roots: The Saga of an American Family" and as the co-author of "The Autobiography of Malcolm X".

ABC adapted Roots as a TV miniseries in 1977 and it aired to a record-breaking audience of 130 million viewers. Raising public awareness of African American history and inspiring interest in genealogy and family history.

Born: August 11, 1921
Birthplace: Ithaca, New York, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Leo

Died: February 10, 1992 (aged 70)
Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest

Historical Events

  • 1977-04-16 Alex Haley finds his Roots in Juffure, Gambia
  • 1977-04-18 Alex Haley author of "Roots" awarded Pulitzer Prize
  • 1992-04-26 Alex Haley (Roots) wins 1992 Ellis Island Award, posthumously

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