Historic Plaque Unveiling: Alex Haley Home and Studio

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Wednesday May 15

6:00 PM  –  7:30 PM

92 Grove Street

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 is the niece of Alex Haley. Her late mother, Lois Ann Haley Butts, was Alex's sister. Andrea is an award-winning journalist and author who created a popular book blog and ezine called Grove Street, while gaining journalism experience.  Andrea previously served  as the editor of The Andrews Gazette newspaper, in Maryland.  She currently works as a freelance writer who is known for finding lesser-known human interest stories, and introducing good news to readers through newspapers. Andrea also volunteers to help veterans and youth through her young son's nationally recognized projects. 

 

Zaheer Ali is the Oral Historian at Brooklyn Historical Society.  Currently, he directs Muslims in Brooklyn, a multi-year public arts and history project designed to amplify the stories of Brooklyn’s Muslim communities and contextualize those stories in the broader histories of Brooklyn. Formerly, he served under the direction of the late Manning Marable, as project manager of Columbia University’s Malcolm X Project (MXP), where he was Associate Editor of an online, annotated, multimedia version of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Brian Jones is the Associate Director of Education at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  Brian taught elementary grades for nine years in New York City’s public schools, obtained his PhD in Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2018, and is currently working on a book about the explosive 1960s Tuskegee student movement.

Ilyasah Shabazz is the daughter of Malcolm Z and Betty Shabazz. She is an author, community organizer, social activist, and motivational speaker. Shabazz serves as a trustee for the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, the Malcolm X Foundation, and the Harlem Symphony Orchestra. 

Event is free and open to the public.

 

This event is outdoors and sidewalk accessible

 

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