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He decided to wait until I was born—which would be soon—and then the family would move. I am not sure why he made this decision, for he was not a frightened Negro, as most then were, and many still are today. My father was a big, six-foot-four, very black man. He had only one eye. How he had lost the other one I have never known. He was from Reynolds, Georgia, where he had left school after the third or maybe fourth grade. He believed, as did Marcus Garvey, that freedom, independence and self-respect could never be achieved by the Negro in America, and that therefore the Negro should leave America to the white man and return to his African land of origin.
Now he was about to demand the same thing of himself. A BIOGRAPHY OF A FAMILY Haley originally intended to call the book that he was planning to write Before This Anger. ” All that changed later in the year, when Haley was sent by one of his editors to research a story in England. While staying in London, he decided to visit the British Museum, where the Rosetta Stone, which had yielded the first clue to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics, was on display. Something about the great black slab of engraved stone and its history captivated him, and sent his mind reeling back to his grandmother’s stories and the strange, indecipherable words she often used to tell him.
The thought disturbed and captivated Haley as he left the museum and made plans to return to the United States. “My plane from London was circling to land at New York,” he later recalled, “with me wondering: What specific African tongue was it?
Alex Haley: Author (Black Americans of Achievement) by David Shirley Pmp Pmp