In 1776, a nation fights for freedom...but not for all. Kunta Kinte escapes again and is crippled by slave catchers. He marries, gains a daughter and loses his long-time friend Fiddler.
At age 16, Kizzy is sold and bears her new master's son, who grows up to become fun-loving Chicken George. Yearning to see her parents, Kizzy is comforted by Samuel Bennett, but they are ill-matched.
Chicken George is sent to England as payment for his owner's gambling debt. Fourteen years later, he returns home a free man, a status that has a profound effect on the family begun by Kunta Kinte.
Part one of a two part episode. Amanda Plummer reprises her role as Dr. Theresa Givens from 'STITCH IN TIME.' Dr. Givens is put on trial for using technology (her time machine) in the future where all technology is outlawed.
Part two of a two part episode. Amanda Plummer reprises her role as Dr. Theresa Givens from 'STITCH IN TIME.' Dr. Givens is put on trial for using technology (her time machine) in the future where all technology is outlawed.
Charles Frazier, Author Of Civil War Novel Cold Mountain, Talks About His Popular First Book About A Soldier Who Deserts The Army To Return To The Woman He Loves. Also, Actresses Cicely Tyson And Ruby Dee And Biographer Donald Bogle Discuss The First Black Actress To Be Nominated For An Academy Award, Dorothy Dandridge.
On Christmas Eve 1770, a young African warrior, who three years prior had been captured and sold into slavery in America, leads a desperate group of runaway slaves as they attempt to reach freedom in the North. Based on the characters from the novel Roots by Alex Haley.
Featuring the stand-up comedy of Cicely Tyson, Edward Jackman, Bob Dubac, Taylor Negron, Rosie O'Donnell and The Funny Boys.
12-year-old Alex Haley (Christoff St. John) learns his family history from grandfather Will Palmer (Stan Shaw).
Tom Harvey (George Stanford Brown) assumes the leadership of the black community in Henning, Tennessee from his aging father, Chicken George (Avon Long).
Tom Harvey's daughter, Cynthia (Bever-Leigh Banfield) falls in love with Will Palmer (Stan Shaw) a railroad worker who soon lands a job at the lumber company. Tensions meanwhile mount in Henning as the white community seeks to strip the blacks of their rights. Will's friend Lee Garnet (Roger Mosley) is lynched after accompanying Tom (George Stanford Brown) when he fails in his attempt to register to vote.
Seventeen years later: Will Palmer (Stan Shaw) prospers as the owner of the lumber company. His daughter Bertha (Irene Cara) goes to college where she falls in love with Simon Haley (Dorian Harewood), a poor sharecropper's son. Bertha picks up Simon's diploma as he leaves school a week early to join the Army and World War I.
Alex Haley (Damon Evans) joins the Coast Guard after leaving college. He meets and marries Nan Branch (Debbie Allen) before being sent to the South Pacific during WW II.