- NAME: Alex Haley
- OCCUPATION: Journalist, Author
- BIRTH DATE: August 11, 1921
- DEATH DATE: February 10, 1992
- EDUCATION: Alcorn A&M College (Alcorn State University), Elizabeth City State Teachers College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Ithaca, New York
- PLACE OF DEATH: Seattle, Washington
- Full Name: Alexander Murray Palmer Haley
- AKA: Alex Haley
- AKA: Alexander Haley
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Alex Haley was an American writer whose works of historical fiction and reportage depicted the struggles of African Americans.
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Haley always maintained that the goal of his writing and his life was simply to advance the cause of black people. He once said, "The money I have made and will be making means nothing to me compared to the fact that about half of the black people I meet—ranging from the most sophisticated to the least sophisticated—say to me, 'I'm proud of you.' I feel strongly about always earning that and never letting black people down."
Alex Haley married Nannie Branch in 1941, and they remained married for 13 years before divorcing in 1954. That same year, he married Juliette Collins; they split in 1972. He later married Myra Lewis, to whom he remained married for the duration of his life. Haley had three children, a son and two daughters.
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