1 hour 30 minutes
Alex Haley, an American writer, was best known as the author of The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1965) and Roots (1976). In this talk, he describes the experiences that led to his becoming a writer, his family history which formed the origin of his novel Roots, and his research process for writing the novel, which included traveling to the Gambia to interview African elders and discovering his own ancestral culture.
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Blacks -- Race identity, Civil rights
Reel to reel, 3.75 ips, dual track
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Haley, Alex, ""Black Heritage"" (1969). Special Collections: Oregon Public Speakers. 69.