Revisiting “Roots”

In January 1977 I was 6 years old when the original broadcast of the miniseries Roots came on ABC.  Although I wasn’t old enough to see it in then, I have memories of watching it as an adolescent and being horrified.  I vividly remember the feeling I had after seeing the scene when Kunta Kinte, played by LeVar “Reading Rainbow” Burton, was refusing to accept his slave name and was severely whipped until he finally said: Toby.  The thought of that moment still gives me chills.

Tonight at 8pm EST on OWN, Oprah Winfrey is airing a special cast reunion “Oprah and the Legendary Cast of Roots 35 Years Later.”  I’ll be watching.  Let’s see what kind of chills I get this time.


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