Alex Haley

Alex Haley Now and Forever

As our intention is to document and perserve the legacy of Alex Haley, we invite you to explore our extensive collection of Text Interviews, and Audio Interviews. Our Articles Page and Forewords Page has many personal articles, essays, forewords and introductions. Said to have “walked the walk and talked the talk” and characterized by his slow, honeyed voice, he is one of America’s greatest oral and written storytellers.

“I look at my books the way parents look at their children. The fact that one becomes more successful than the others doesn’t make me love the less successful one any less.”

— Alex Haley

As “the father of popular genealogy,” his timeless novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, illuminates and humanizes America’s era of slavery and ultimately reflects the personal mantra visible in all his work: “In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good, and praise it.”


Featured Articles / Interviews

Dedication And Acknowledgments Sections of Roots
(Opening excerpts from Roots: The Saga of An American Family, which were published on August 17, 1976) Alex Haley’s 1977
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Alex Haley At Home In The Hills Of East Tennessee
(Alex Haley was originally interviewed by Ann Hawthorne in the Journal: Appalachia; Vol. 25, No. 1 p33-40, Winter 1992.) An
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Experience The Vision

We also encourage you to SEE for yourself. Visit The Alex Haley House Museum in Henning, Tennessee • The Alex Haley Memorial in Annapolis, Maryland • Haley Heritage Square in Knoxville, Tennessee • Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee.

Our Mission

It is our Mission to spread Haley’s vision for all to know their heritage. “In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage—to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.”

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