GVHD50 Historic Plaque Unveiling: Alex Haley Home and Studio

Alex Haley (1921-1992) lived and maintained a writing studio in Greenwich Village. Beginning in 1963 he conducted fifty in-depth interviews with Malcolm X here for his first book, The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Published shortly after his assassination in 1965, that book transformed the public’s view of Malcolm X, and is widely considered one of the top works of non-fiction. His next project was the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which has been published in over 30 languages and for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1977. Haley began writing in the Coast Guard, where he served for 20 years.

Speakers include:

Andrea Blackstone, niece of Alex Haley.
Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz.
Zaheer Ali, Oral Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society.
Brian Jones, Associate Director of Education at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
6:00 pm

92 Grove Street (Waverly & Washington Places)