Digging Deeper with Roots: Let's Talk
The iconic miniseries Roots became the most watched TV series in US history when it was first aired in 1977. It candidly revealed a side of slavery that we never saw on national TV before. Check out a feature clip about this groundbreaking miniseries wih Pioneers of Television. Then we want to know what you think.
Roots still has the ability to enlighten and touch us today the way it taught us something new more than three decades ago.
Here is some more food for thought: Did you know Monrovia, Liberia was named after President James Monroe, a prominent abolitionist and supporter of the repatriation of Black Americans to Africa. It was founded in 1822 as a colony for survivors of slavery who wanted to escape racism and continued inequality in the US. Although this was debated - many free Black Americans also wanted to stay in the land they had helped build.
So what do you think? Do we watch Roots differently from those who watched it in 1977? Are its lessons the same? How much have our perspectives changed? About the institution of slavery? About repatriation?
We'd like to know what you think. Share your thoughts in the comment box below. Remember: Be honest. Be bold. Be you. However, we also ask that you be courteous and stick to the issues. No personal digs. We want everyone to feel comfortable participating. And if you go there, we won't be afraid to take your comment off here. That simple. Now, let's talk!
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