BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Day 10

Alex Haley
(1921-1992)
Journalist, Novelist

The author of the widely acclaimed novel Roots was born in Ithaca, New York, on August 11, 1921, and reared in Henning, Tennessee. The oldest of three sons of a college professor father and a mother who taught grade school, Haley graduated from high school at fifteen and attended college for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard as a messboy in 1939.

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