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.

“When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth.”

— 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

Phyllis Diller: The Unlikeliest Star
(Phyllis Diller: The Unlikeliest Star was originally published in The Saturday Evening Post on March 31, 1962.) 140 Columbus Avenue.
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Kunta Kinte Is Born
(This article is actually the first chapter of Roots: The Saga of An American Family. It was later published as:
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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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