It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two
centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an
unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of
them based on the people from Alex Haley’s own family tree.
was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him
stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she
called the African who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial
As an adult, Alex spent twelve years searching for
documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him.
In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered
the name of the African—Kunta Kinte—as well as the exact location
of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767.
is based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of
people—slaves and freed men, farmers and lawyers, an architect, a teacher, and one acclaimed author—descended from Kunta Kinte. Download and start listening now!