Roots: The Next Generations

Part 3

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 2/20/79
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  • Episode Description
  • The year is 1914 and Will and Cynthia Palmer's daughter Bertha heads off to college, eventually meeting and falling in love with a poor but hard-working fellow student named Simon Haley. Meanwhile Jim and Carrie Warner's son has become a doctor but because he is black, he is prevented from treating his own dying white grandfather, Colonel Warner. Bertha returns home from college for break to find the Ku Klux Klan has come to town and Simon returns to his home in Georgia to learn that his share-cropping family can't afford his tuition anymore and his father is ready to put him back to work in the fields. Simon manages to find work as a Pullman porter on the railroads to earn money during the summer, but also attracts a benefactor - a kind journalist who he served on a train route. In 1918, rather than attend graduation, Simon enlists in the army and heads off for war, heeding the words of Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, but leaving behind a stunned and grief-stricken Bertha.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dorian Harewood

    Simon Haley

  • Jiri Voskovec

    Mr. Goldstein

  • Hal Williams

    Aleck Haley

  • Henry Fonda

    Colonel Frederick Warner

  • Irene Cara

    Bertha Palmer Haley

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A heartwarming tale in the midst of despair...

    By MyCritique, May 11, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Dad Jones: (in reference to Simon Haley) He's saving his money for his schoolin'. Now go on back there and play with yourself and your trick dice. Porter #1: What you mean trick? Dad Jones: Some of them dice of yours so crooked that when you throw 'em, they don't stand straight, they leans. Porter #1: Now you listen to me old man-- Dad Jones: (pulls out a straight edge blade and holds it out in front of him) Lead this fool not into temptation Lord, 'cause I may just have to cut him every where exceptin' on the bottom of his feet.

    Notes (1)

    • Guest star Tamu Blackwell was credited as "Tamu" in this episode.

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