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Author Alex Haley Visits LSU (1984)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-11-04

Duration: 00:09:39

Subjects: Haley, Alex | Authors | Genealogy | African Americans


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Stewart, Genevieve Host
  • Haley, Alex Interviewee


This segment from the November 4, 1984, episode of the series “Folks” features Genevieve Stewart’s report on author Alex Haley’s visit to LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Haley is best known as the author of “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” Her report includes highlights from Haley’s press conference where he touches on the impact of “Roots” on changing the perceptions of Africans and African Americans, as well as the study of genealogy. Stewart also interviews Haley, who discusses his research for his next book on Madame C.J. Walker and the importance of instilling the knowledge of family history in young children. Host: Rob Hinton