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A tribute to Alex Haley

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents a tribute to the late Alexander Murray Palmer Haley, recorded in February 1988. Haley's quest to learn more about his family history resulted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Roots: The Saga of an America Family

Haley talks about researching the stories he heard from his grandmother, life in the U.S Coast Guard writing the autobiography of Malcolm X and the TV mini-series Roots.

Haley died Feb. 10, 1992, in Seattle. He was 70.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 a.m. Sundays — and weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast Black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.