Why Famous: 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.
- 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