Nation Celebrates Alex Haley’s 100th Birthday

The family of late Roots author Alex Haley will celebrate his 100th birthday August 11, 2021, by kicking off a year of activities that promote family history, storytelling, and intergenerational bonds. Read More…

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.

“My fondest hope is that ‘Roots’ may start black, white, brown, red, yellow people digging back for their own roots. Man, that would make me feel 90 feet tall.”

— 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

(John Philip Sousa by Alex Haley was originally published in the July 1966 issue of Boys' Life Magazine.) Of all
(A Talk With Alex Haley by Mel Watkins was originally published in the September 26, 1976 issue of The New

 

 

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.”

Watch Now:

WNAV’s Donna Cole interviews Chris Haley and Bill Haley, Alex Haley’s nephew and grandson.