What did the book Roots by Alex Haley have to do with civil rights?
The answer above is wrong.
By the time Haley's fiction book was published, all of the race discrimination civil rights laws now in effect had already been passed.
The book changed nothing about race relations or civil rights.
Alex Haley, an African American writer, is best known for as the author of the novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, from which two television miniseries, Roots and Roots II, were adapted. The novels, loosely based on Haley's own family, presented an interpretation of the journey of African Americans from their homeland to the United States and their subsequent search for freedom and dignity.