The series first aired on ABC-TV, in 1977. Roots received 37 Emmy Award nominations and won nine. which still holds a record as the third highest rated episode for any type of television series, and the second most watched overall series finale in US television history.
June 4, 1977 Roland Gerhard Fryer, Jr., economist and the youngest African American ever granted tenure at Harvard University, was born in Daytona Beach, Florida but raised in Lewisville, Texas http://thewright.org/explore/blog/entry/today-in-black-history-642014
roots. The most significant miniseries of all time in the 80s. Kunta Kinte was Alex Haily's ancestor who came over on the slave ship. Everyone watched this horrific story of slavery and the abuse of a race of people. This is where the white guilt of the country set in. I didn't get to watch the early episodes but what I watched, was mesmerizing.