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Born in Ithaca New York to two black parents no one ever suspected that Alex Haley would become an influential man to the minds of Americans for generations to come Alex Haley wrote the book ROOTS a true book on the account of a Black family from back to when they were captured and taken as slaves The foundation of this book was that of his own family starting from seven generations up with Kunta Kinte ROOTS has affected the lives of many and many more to come In 1921 Alex Haley was born to Simon Haley and Bertha George Palmer two educated black teachers Simon his dad taught at many southern colleges and Bertha his mom was an elementary school teacher Since they both were going through graduate school taking care of Alex was difficult Therefore they moved to live with his grandmother in Henning Tennessee Here his grandmother told him stories of his ancestry and of slave life One of Haleys favorite stories was of Kunta Kinte his great-great-great-great-grandfather who was born in Africa and was brought to America on a slave ship He was the first of the Haley family to become a slave All throughout secondary schooling Haley was not a stupendous student and maintained only a C average He graduated from high school at 15 years old and attended Alcorn AM Then he transferred to Elizabeth City State Teachers College At seventeen years old he decided to join the United States Coast Guard While Haley was on the long trips he would write so that he could relieve his boredom He submitted some of them to journals but was declined many times In spite of all of the rejection Haley persevered Eventually some of his writings were published and he became a Coast guard journalist After 20 years when he was about 35 Haley retired and soon decided he must embark on a different career
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