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Articles And Essays Written By Alex Haley
Articles And Essays Written By Alex Haley
"The giving and getting, the sense of belonging and contributing to something larger than yourself, to something that began before you were born and will go on after you die, can make it possible for you to accept life in a way that makes you wish the whole world could realize how easy it is to feel as you do, and wonder why they don't. That's what having roots—and writing Roots—has done for me. I pray that reading it—and then reaching out for their families to join in a search of their own—will do the same for everyone."—Alex Haley
Excerpted from A Candid Conversation With The Author of The American Saga "Roots" by Murray Fisher ~ Playboy, January 1977.

Alex Haley Articles And Essays
A Black American's Search For His Ancestral African A New Audience For Radio A Visit To The Big East Coast Boot Camp At Cape May, New Jersey
A Black American's Search For
His Ancestral African
A New Audience For Radio A Visit To The Big East Coast Boot
Camp At Cape May, New Jersey
  • A Black American's Search For His Ancestral African - An Article By Alex Haley Published In EBONY Magazine. (August 1976)
  • A New Audience For Radio - An Article By Albert Abarbanel And Alex Haley Speaking About Early Negro Radio. (February 1956)
  • A Visit To The Big East Coast Boot Camp At Cape May, New Jersey - An Article Written For U.S. Coast Guard Magazine. (June 1951)
A Word From Alex Haley Aboard The African Star Alex Haley' Better Day
A Word From Alex Haley Aboard The African Star Alex Haley's Better Day
  • A Word From Alex Haley - An Article By Alex Haley Speaking About His Love For Books, Libraries And Librarians. (January 1, 1991)
  • Aboard The African Star - The Candid Article In Which Alex Haley Reveals His Struggles As A Writer And As A Man. (October 10, 1991)
  • Alex Haley's Better Day - Alex Haley Talks About Growing Up In The South And The Flowering of His Novel Roots. (May 26, 1984)
Alex Haley' Dedication of Roots Alex Haley's Epilogue Alex Haley's Letter To Mr. Walter White, Executive Secretary, NAACP
Alex Haley's Dedication of Roots Alex Haley's Epilogue Alex Haley's Letter To Mr. Walter White
Executive Secretary, NAACP
  • Alex Haley's Dedication of Roots - Alex Haley's Dedication and Acknowledgments Sections To His Book Roots. (August 17, 1976)
  • Alex Haley's Epilogue - Alex Haley's Personal Epilogue To The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told To Alex Haley. (November 1965)
  • Alex Haley's Letter To Mr. Walter White, Executive Secretary, NAACP - Alex Haley Writes From USS Murzim. (26 November 1943)
Alex Haley On The Writing of Roots Alex Haley On Writing Alex Haley Remembers
Alex Haley On The Writing of Roots Alex Haley On Writing Alex Haley Remembers
  • Alex Haley On The Writing of Roots - An Excerpt From A Speech Alex Haley Gave To Reader's Digest Employees. (October 10, 1991)
  • Alex Haley On Writing - Alex Haley Talked About How He Came To Be A Writer To The Brown University Alumni. (May 26, 1984)
  • Alex Haley Remembers - Alex Haley Recalls The Man He Knew—Malcolm X—And Honors The Trust of His Friend. (November 1983)
Alex Haley Speaks Out For Freighter Travel Alex Haley Tells The Story Of His Search For Roots Alex Haley: The Secret of Strong Families
Alex Haley Speaks Out For Freighter Travel Alex Haley Tells The Story
Of His Search For Roots
Alex Haley: The Secret of Strong Families
  • Alex Haley Speaks Out For Freighter Travel - Alex Haley Enjoys Voyaging On Cargo-Carrying Freighter Ships. (February 8, 1987)
  • Alex Haley Tells The Story Of His Search For Roots - A Summary of His Lecture Given At The University of Pennsylvania. (1977)
  • Alex Haley: The Secret of Strong Families - Haley Recalls His Southern Boyhood & The Meaning of Family Tradition. (February 1983)
Black History, Oral History and Genealogy Black Merchants of Hate Chasing Rainbows Memories of a Southern Boyhood
Black History, Oral History and Genealogy Black Merchants of Hate Chasing Rainbows Memories of a
Southern Boyhood
  • Black History, Oral History and Genealogy - A Classic Essay Alex Haley Published Within The Oral History Reader. (November 10, 1972)
  • Black Merchants of Hate - A Collaboration Article With Alfred Balk Published In The Saturday Evening Post. (January 26, 1963)
  • Chasing Rainbows Memories of a Southern Boyhood - Alex Haley Discusses His New Television Series Kings of The Hill. (March 1980)
Down To The Sea Again Ernie Barnes / Artist Family: A Humanizing Force
Down To The Sea Again Ernie Barnes / Artist Family: A Humanizing Force
  • Down To The Sea Again - An Article By Alex Haley That Was Published In National Geographic Traveler. (March / April 1990)
  • Ernie Barnes / Artist - His Unique Depiction of The African American Experience And His Vivid Imagination Is Reflected In His Artwork.
  • Family: A Humanizing Force - Alex Haley Discusses Family Heritage At The 1980 World Conference On Records. (August 13, 1980)
Genealogy of Afro-Americans Haley Visits City He [Elmer Stone] Gave Us Wings
Genealogy of Afro-Americans Haley Visits City He [Elmer Stone] Gave Us Wings
  • Genealogy of Afro-Americans - Alex Haley Discusses Genealogy For Afro-American History: Sources for Research. (June 1973)
  • Haley Visits City - Alex Haley Spoke About The Future of The Family At Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. (April 12, 1983)
  • He [Elmer Stone] Gave Us Wings - Alex Haley On Elmer F. Stone Who Piloted The First Successful Transatlantic Flight. (July 1949)
His Flat Tire Uncovered History Home To Henning Hope Springs Eternal
His Flat Tire Uncovered History Home To Henning Hope Springs Eternal
  • His Flat Tire Uncovered History - An Article By Haley About Beryle Shinn And His Discovery of Drake's Plate. (January 1957)
  • Home To Henning - An Article By Alex Haley About A Henning Resident, Pete Gause, And His Mom, Sister Fannie Gause. (May 1983)
  • Hope Springs Eternal - An Article By Haley About His Great-Aunt Elizabeth B. Murray And Henning, Tennessee. (January 1955)
How To Trace Your Heritage To Africa: The Voice of Experience I'm Talking To You, White Man In The Pacific
How To Trace Your Heritage To Africa:
The Voice of Experience
I'm Talking To You, White Man In The Pacific
  • How To Trace Your Heritage To Africa: The Voice of Experience - Alex Haley On Researching African Heritage. (August 14, 1980)
  • I'm Talking To You, White Man - An Autobiography of Malcolm X Published In The Saturday Evening Post. (September 12, 1964)
  • In The Pacific - An Article By Alex Haley About The Coast Guard That Was Published in U.S. Coast Guard Magazine. (February 1944)
In 'Uncle Tom' Are Our Guilt And Hope John Philip Sousa Kunta Kinte Is Born
In 'Uncle Tom' Are Our Guilt And Hope John Philip Sousa Kunta Kinte Is Born
  • John Philip Sousa - Alex Haley's Swinging Typewriter Banged Out The Life Story of America's March King In Perfect Tempo. (July 1966)
  • In 'Uncle Tom' Are Our Guilt And Hope - An Article By Haley After Muhammad Ali Called Joe Frazier An 'Uncle Tom.' (March 1, 1964)
  • Kunta Kinte Is Born - This Article Is Actually The First Chapter of Roots Which Later Appeared Bearing The Title: Kunta Kinte Is Born.
Let Freedom Ring Malcolm X Remembered Mr. Muhammad Speaks
Let Freedom Ring Malcolm X Remembered Mr. Muhammad Speaks
  • Let Freedom Ring - As A Judge, Alex Haley Wrote An Article For The Winners of The Parade-Kodak National Photo Contest. (1992)
  • Malcolm X Remembered - A Memoir About Malcolm X That Playboy Magazine Commissioned Alex Haley To Write. (July 1992)
  • Mr. Muhammad Speaks - This Mild-Looking Man Is Considered "The Most Powerful Black Man In America." (March 1960)
My Furthest–Back Person—The African My Search For Roots Out of The Past, Into The Convention
My Furthest–Back Person—'The African' My Search For Roots Out of The Past, Into The Convention
  • My Furthest–Back Person—'The African' - Alex Haley Discusses The African Published In The New York Times. (July 16, 1972)
  • My Search For Roots - Alex Haley Discusses His Search For Roots Published In The Milwaukee Sentinel. (October 12, 1965)
  • Out of The Past, Into The Convention - An Essay By Haley Published In The Prevailing South: Life & Politics In A Changing Culture. (1988)
Phyllis Diller: The Unlikeliest Star President Jimmy Carter Researching The Unknown
Phyllis Diller: The Unlikeliest Star President Jimmy Carter Researching The Unknown
  • Phyllis Diller: The Unlikeliest Star - Alex Haley Describes The Early Days of Comedy Legend Phyllis Diller. (March 31, 1962)
  • President Jimmy Carter - Alex Haley Wrote The Chapter From Boyhood On A Red-Dirt Farm To The Governorship of Georgia. (1977)
  • Researching The Unknown - Alex Haley's Search For His African Ancestors Took Imaginative Research, Seven Years And Luck. (1973)
Reverend Black Douglas 'Roots,' Plus 12 Years; The Ups And Downs of A Successful Author Roots: The Mixing of The Blood
Reverend Black Douglas 'Roots,' Plus 12 Years; The Ups And
Downs of A Successful Author
Roots: The Mixing of The Blood
  • Reverend Black Douglas - Alex Haley Speaking About Reverend Black Douglas From His Hometown of Henning, Tennessee. (1988)
  • 'Roots,' Plus 12 Years; The Ups And Downs of A Successful Author - Roots Miniseries Sets Viewer Records. (February 12, 1989)
  • Roots: The Mixing of The Blood - The True Story of The Rape of Haley's Great-Great-Great-Grandmother, Kizzy. (October 1976)
Search For An Ancestor She Makes a Joyful Music Southern Living
Search For An Ancestor She Makes a Joyful Music Southern Living
  • Search For An Ancestor - Alex Haley's Personal Quest For His Origins In The Remote African Past of His Ancestors. (January 1974)
  • She Makes a Joyful Music - Though Tempted By Jazz And Blues, Mahalia Jackson Was Born To Sing Gospel. (November 1961)
  • Southern Living - The Front Porches Have Provided The Most Influential Weekly Forum In America's History. (January 1990)
The African The Amazing Grace of John Newton The Girl Who Wouldn't Give Up
The African The Amazing Grace of John Newton The Girl Who Wouldn't Give Up
  • The African - An Article By Alex Haley Which Was Published in The American Genealogist Magazine. (1972)
  • The Amazing Grace of John Newton - A Most Beloved Hymn That Remains A Moving Personal Testimony To Salvation. (October 1986)
  • The Girl Who Wouldn't Give Up - How A Crippled Child's Courage Led Her To Unexpected Triumphs. (May 1961)
The Harlem Nobody Knows The Jumpingest Man On Earth The Magic of America
The Harlem Nobody Knows The Jumpingest Man On Earth The Magic of America
  • The Harlem Nobody Knows - The Harlem Community's Struggle To Build Strong Businesses And Families In The 1950s. (June 1954)
  • The Jumpingest Man On Earth - John Curtis Thomas Made One of The Most Dramatic Comebacks In The History of Sports. (June 1960)
  • The Magic of America - Alex Haley Spoke At A Knoxville Naturalization Ceremony Presided Over By Judge Jarvis. (March 13, 1991)
The Malcolm X I Knew The Man On The Train The Man Who Wouldn't Quit
The Malcolm X I Knew The Man On The Train The Man Who Wouldn't Quit
  • The Malcolm X I Knew - An Article By Alex Haley That Examines The Working Relationship of Malcolm X and Alex Haley. (November 1965)
  • The Man On The Train - An Article By Alex Haley Published In Reader's Digest About His Father Simon Alexander Haley. (February 1991)
  • The Man Who Wouldn't Quit - An Article By Alex Haley Published In Reader's Digest About His Brother George Haley. (March 1963)
The Man With A Thousand Faces The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met The Roots Of Haley's Philosophy
The Man With A Thousand Faces The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met The Roots Of Haley's Philosophy
  • The Man With A Thousand Faces - A Story About Lon Chaney Known As "The Man With A Thousand Faces." (December 1955)
  • The Most Unforgettable Character I've Met - An Article By Alex Haley From Reader's Digest About Percival L. Scott. (March 1961)
  • The Roots Of Haley's Philosophy - Alex Haley Pays Tribute To His Grandparents Who Raised Him From Infancy. (December 21, 1988)
The Shadowland of Dreams There Are Days When I Wish It Hadn't Happened Tragedy Stalks The Sea: An Account of The Eastwind Disaster
The Shadowland of Dreams There Are Days When I Wish
It Hadn't Happened
Tragedy Stalks The Sea: An Account
of The Eastwind Disaster
  • The Shadowland of Dreams - A Classic Article Where Alex Haley Describes What Living In The Shadowland Entails. (March 1996)
  • There Are Days When I Wish It Hadn't Happened - An Article By Alex Haley Published In Playboy Magazine. (March 1979)
  • Tragedy Stalks The Sea: An Account of The Eastwind Disaster - Alex Haley Speaks About The USCG Cutter Eastwind. (March 1949)
The Crisis Of The Black Family: We Must Honor Our Ancestors Why Reading Matters Writing Three Thank-You Letters
We Must Honor Our Ancestors Why Reading Matters Writing Three Thank-You Letters
  • We Must Honor Our Ancestors - An Article By Alex Haley That Was Published In EBONY Magazine. (August 1986)
  • Why Reading Matters - An Article By Alex Haley That Was Published In PARADE Magazine. (September 2, 1990)
  • Writing Three Thank-You Letters - Alex Haley Celebrates The True Meaning of Thanksgiving By Writing Three Very Special Letters. (1982)
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