Roots: The Next Generations

Part 7

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 2/25/79
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  • Episode Description
  • In the exciting conclusion, it is now 1960 in Henning, Tennessee, 10 years after Alex's wife Nan left him, and Alex attends the funeral for his great Aunt Elizabeth. He has finally succeeded in a writing career by publishing free-lance articles including interviews with Minister Malcolm X of the Nation of Islam and George Lincoln Rockwell, head of the American Nazi Party. Alex lands a contract to ghost-write the autobiography of Malcolm X, although Malcolm is assassinated before the book is published. Alex then realizes that he should write a book about his own family and he obsessively researches his origins, alienating his new girlfriend in the process. After identifying the language of the words passed down to him, he manages to get an advance that will allow him to travel to Gambia, West Africa. Once there, he is taken by boat to the Griot for the Kinte clan. After the Griot retells centuries of history, Alex finally hears the name of Kunta Kinte and the story of the drum that lead to his capture into slavery, marking the end of his search for his family's roots.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Al Freeman Jr.

    Malcolm X

  • Andy Griffith

    Commander Robert Munroe

  • Barbara Barrie

    Dodie Brattle

  • Claudia McNeil

    Sister Will Ada

  • Dorian Harewood

    Simon Haley

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • What we all have been waiting for...

    By MyCritique, May 11, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Alex: (after hearing the Kinte family Griot mention the name Kunta Kinte when describing the story of his capture) You old African. I found you! I found you! I found you! I found you!

    Notes (3)

    • Actor Marlon Brando performed on television for the first time in this episode of Roots: The Next Generations.

    • The scenes representing various locations in the country of Gambia in West Africa, were shot at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

    • Marlon Brando won an Emmy in 1977 for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special" for his role as the head of the American Nazi Party "George Lincoln Rockwell" in Part 7 of Roots: The Next Generations.

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