Alex Haley | Famous Writer

Famous African American writer Alex Haley was born on August 11, 1921.


Alex Haley is the author behind Roots: The Saga of an American Family. ABC turned the book into a television series which aired on January 23rd, 1977.

The television series is based on a storyline of Kinta Kunta being sold into slavery and taken to the United States, after being captured in his African village.  Roots has grown in popularity because of its honest and jarring depiction of racism, and slavery in America. Roots wasn’t Alex Haley’s only project.


Alex Haley conducted the first Playboy interview with Miles Davis in 1962.

Alex Haley went on to interview Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for Playboy in 1965, which was the longest interview he ever did with a publication.

Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcom X written by Alex Haley was the result of his collaboration with Malcom X. The book was published in 1965, which included a series of interviews from 1963 and 1965 before Malcom X’s assassination.

Famous Quotes

Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.

If somebody comes up and says something good about you, that is never taken as an adhesive thing like something negative about you.

Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.

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