I was 11 years old when the original miniseries Roots premiered on ABC back in 1976. I remember the profound impact it had. In the days before social media, thoughts were shared in person regarding the feelings stirred when watching it. I remember the conversations of my teachers and classmates. But more importantly what my mom’s response. When I asked her about Roots, she quite simply said it was the story of a family’s struggle and their pride for who they were.
Tonight, the story of Kunta Kinte is told again. Roots is based on the novel by Alex Haley Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The 1977 Roots miniseries starred LeVar Burton as Kunta. Burton serves as one of the remake’s co-executive producers.
Malachi Kirby takes on the role of Kunta Kinte for the remake. The cast includes Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker as Fiddler, Anika Noni Rose as Kizzy, Anna Paquin as Nancy Holt, Rege-Jean Page as Chicken George, and Laurence Fishburne as Alex Haley. The miniseries airs over six-consecutive nights. Check local listings for times and channels in your area.
Slavery is an ugly part of American History. Pretending it didn’t happen doesn’t make it go away. However, it is also an important topic to be discussed and helps everyone understand that yes, there was a time when people of different races were enemies because of the color of the skin, but it doesn’t have to be that way now. Diversity allows everyone to learn from each other and grow as people. The strength of the world depends on everyone working together. I hope families will watch Roots together and have those important conversations like my generation did back in 1977. Television can be entertaining and educational and the new Roots miniseries may serve as both.
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