Roots: The Complete Miniseries

Season 1 Episode 1

Part 1 Roots: The Saga of An American Family

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 23, 1977 on ABC
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Part 1 Roots: The Saga of An American Family
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The dramatic birth of Kunta Kinte in the village of Juffure, Gambia, West Africa, marks the opening chapter of this saga. The story follows the young Kunta Kinte from his childhood through to his teens as a goat-herder learning the cultural and religious traditions of his rural village during the mid-1700s. But what should have been a joyous occasion upon his successful return from ritual manhood training, instead results in tragedy. He and others from villages nearby are caught by slavers and are eventually transferred to a ship bound for America to be sold into bondage.

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O.J. Simpson

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Kadi Touray

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