200 Years to unfold. 12 Years of research to discover. 2 years to create. 8 nights to make television history.
His name was Kunta Kinte. Kidnapped from Africa and enslaved in America in 1767, he refused to accept his slave name of Toby. Heirs kept his heroic defiance alive, whispering the name of Kunta Kinte from one generation to the next until it reached a young boy growing up in Tennessee. His name was Alex Haley. And he proclaimed Kunta Kinte's name to the world.
Through the lineage ofone family, Haley and his Pulitzer Price-winning Roots told a story for all America and the world. Seen by 130 million viewers during its initial telecasts and the winner of dozens of awards, Roots remains a vital and engrossing entertainment landmark 25 years later.