ROOTS premieres TONIGHT – Same day as the U.S. at 10pm on HISTORY (Astro Ch 555 & HD 575) and will continue to air over four consecutive nights. Developed by HISTORY, from A+E Studios, ROOTS is a historical portrait of American slavery recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on their legacy despite the hardship.
Here the 4 night summary, Roots is based on the book by Alex Haley
Night 1 (Airing on Tuesday, May 31 at 10pm)
In 1750 in the port city of Juffure, in the river region of The Gambia in West Africa, Omoro Kinte and his wife, Binta, have their first child, a son named Kunta. As a member of the highly esteemed Kinte family, Kunta is trained in Mandinka customs and traditions. He is a dedicated student who dreams of traveling to the university in Timbuktu to become a scholar. Kunta passes his warrior training, an important Mandinka rite of passage, but soon after he is betrayed by the Koros, a rival family. After being kidnapped and captured by the Koros, Kunta is sold to British slave traders in 1767 and is shipped through the brutal Middle Passage to America on the Lord Ligonier along with 140 other slaves. Conditions are horrific on the slave ship and Kunta fears he will never see his family again. He unites his fellow slaves and unsuccessfully leads an uprising on board. In Annapolis, Maryland, he is sold to a Virginia planter named John Waller and is given the slave name Toby. Kunta strongly resists his new name and enslavement. He relies on the wise counsel of Fiddler, an assimilated slave and sophisticated musician who has been assigned to train him. With Fiddler’s help, Kunta fights to survive and maintain his dignity despite the unrelenting violence of the slave system.
Watch Night 2, 3 and 4
NIGHT 2 (Airing on Wednesday, June 1 at 10pm)
NIGHT 3 (Airing on Wednesday, June 2 at 10pm)
NIGHT 4 (Airing on Thursday, June 3 at 10pm)
This series hopes to inspire you to join us in being HISTORY-makers to end modern slavery that still exists today. Catch the show tonight and visit www.buyoutslavery.com for more details on how you can help.
Source & Photos: Roots