Alexis Simpson: #AfricanAmericanHistory Roots began as a book written by Alex Haley in 1976 and was then made into a miniseries shown on TV in 1977, and then remade in 2016. Roots tells a story of a man named Kunta Kinte who was captured in Africa and sold into American slavery, and it also shares the story of his descendants. The movie explains important concepts such as cultural genocide when Kunta was ripped from his family, home, and freedom in Africa and given a new (slave) name, Toby.
The series first aired on ABC-TV, in 1977. Roots received 37 Emmy Award nominations and won nine. which still holds a record as the third highest rated episode for any type of television series, and the second most watched overall series finale in US television history.
roots. The most significant miniseries of all time in the 80s. Kunta Kinte was Alex Haily's ancestor who came over on the slave ship. Everyone watched this horrific story of slavery and the abuse of a race of people. This is where the white guilt of the country set in. I didn't get to watch the early episodes but what I watched, was mesmerizing.