At-A-Site Theater presents a Summer Project Celebrating Birthdays of Dead Writers: Alex Haley, August 11

AUGUST 11, 2014

ALEX HALEY (1921-1992) 



Location: New York City

3:00pm - 6:00pm

In Central Park just south of the North Meadow Recreation Center on the walking path above 97th Street  map link

(Please note:  The Reader may occasionally need to move to an alternative site because of weather or other onsite circumstances)


Passersby are invited to chose from a menu of selections by the American author of the ground-breaking 1976 autobiographical "Roots: The Saga of an American Family," and who was the ghostwriter of "The Autobiograhy of Malcolm X". The selection will then be read to them.


"Roots" sparked a hugely popular TV mini-series and won both the Pulitzer Prize for Literature and the National Book Award. It was also the center of a controversy regarding both plagiarism of sections of another author's book, "The African", as well as manufactured and undocumented claims regarding the genealogical existence of Kunta Kinte, the African ancestor that Haley said he had traced to a village in Gambia. Now this is generally accepted as articulated in the words of Dr. Henry Louis Gates: "Most of us feel it's highly unlikely that Alex actually found the village whence his ancestors sprang. Roots is a work of the imagination rather than strict historical scholarship."

More information about Alex Haley can be found at Wikipedia, and you can read his obituary in the New York Times here. "Roots" even has its own website...


Here is a scene from one of the episodes of "Roots"


 "In all of us there is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage- to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness."


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    Alex Haley was my favorite writer and I think this is a good way to remember these talented people by celebrating the birthdays. It is good to go through from your blog as I got so many new things to learn.
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