Three memorial services are planned in the county to mark the death of author Alex Haley.
Haley, author of "Roots" and "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," died yesterday at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle.
The first service is a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Annapolis City Dock, at the site of the Kunte Kinte plaque. An ancestor of Haley, Kunte Kinte was brought to Annapolis as a slave before the American Revolution. The family stories about him inspired Haley to begin the search he documented in "Roots."
The vigil will be followed at 7 p.m. by a memorial service at the First Baptist Church,31 West Washington St., Annapolis.
The Black Student Union of Anne Arundel Community College will conduct a memorial service, featuring poet Nikki Giovanni, at 11 a.m. Thursday at the college's Pascal Center.