Author: Amy Nicole
The 1977 miniseries Roots will be reintroduced to viewers on Memorial Day 2016. Roots was released years before I was born but I watched re-runs of the series as a kid and I remember how much of an impression the story and characters left on me, and how it shaped my views on American history.
If you’re not familiar with the storyline of Roots, the film is based on a novel by author Alex Haley. The series focuses on the struggles of an African American family over several generations which spans from slavery to the Civil War era. Roots is being directed by Allen Hughes and was written by Mark Rosenthal and Larry Konner. The film will feature an all star cast including Forest Whitaker, Anika Noni Rose, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and T.I.(Clifford Joseph) Harris.
Some may question whether a remake of the film is necessary but I think it is essential to help educate the younger generation about African history and the struggles that our ancestors endured.
Check out the trailer below: