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Poster, Celebrating Notable Writer Alex Haley
Poster, Celebrating Notable Writer Alex Haley
TitlePoster, Celebrating Notable Writer Alex Haley
SubjectAlex Haley
DescriptionSmall poster mounted on board "Celebrating Notable Writer Alex Haley, August 11, 1921 - February 10, 1992". Poster from Broward County Library collection used to describe a book display. Alex Haley was a journalist, essayist, and historical novelist. He wrote the 1976 novel titled Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The novel is a fictionalized account of seven generations of his own family from their ancestral home in Africa to their days as slaves in the United States of America. This novel was made into a television movie that aired for one week on consecutive nights in 1977. Million of American viewers were drawn to the television movie. Eleven years later, Alex Haley was recognized for writing an "as-told-to" autobiography of Malcolm X, which was released shortly after Malcolm X was gunned down. When Alex Haley was a boy, his family moved to Henning, Tennessee, where he grew up under the influence of his grandmother and aunts (Viney, Mathilda, and Liz), who told stories about his African ancestor, Kunta Kinte. They planted in his imagination the seeds of what would grow into a novel titled Roots. Mr. Haley spent twelve years researching his African family members to the Mandinka tribe in a tiny village in Juffure of the Gambia region of West Africa. Roots is one of the most celebrated novels of the 1970s. After Alex Haley spent 20 years in the Coast Guard (1939-1959), he began his second career as a writer, working for magazines ranging from Reader's Digest to Playboy. Sources: http://www.answers.com/topic/alex-haley Biography Resource Center - Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 26, Gale Research, 1999
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