Alex Haley was born on this date, August 11, in 1921. He was an African American author, whose books helped popularize the study of Black history and genealogy.
Born in Ithaca, New York, Haley was educated at Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College and at Elizabeth City Teachers College. He served in the United States Coast Guard, where he worked as a journalist. After retiring, Haley moved to New York City to pursue a writing career. [Continue reading at the African American Registry.]