30 May 2016
I want to make sure you are aware that the mini-series Roots has been re-produced and will be airing on four consecutive nights, starting tonight, Memorial Day, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and 8 p.m. Central. It will be simulcast on A&E, Lifetime, and History.
Roots was a ground-breaking book by Alex Haley in 1976 and an even more powerful television event in 1977. Roots made clear to anyone who did not know it already how affecting family history can be. It also brought a full sense of the inhumanity of slavery into American living rooms 112 years after the end of the Civil War.
In my case, I had started looking into my family history in 1973 when my father's great aunt gave him a family Bible and a dozen pages of family history notes. When the book Roots came out, I devoured it, and I watched every minute of the mini-series. For me, Roots is not just a family history event, it's a family event, the dramatized story of an American trauma that is still working its way toward redemption.
I hope you will consider watching the re-made Roots with your family, renewing your interest in your own roots, and considering what America has been and is becoming.
-- Jordan Jones, President, National Genealogical Society
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I'm reading: Roots … an iconic mini-series back in 1977 and today! Catch the new version starting tonight!