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Re: Alex Haley's Roots: A Novel or History?

There are a few things I look at when focusing on ROOTS. The first one is the fact that a brother, an AfricanAmerican, actually spent a lot of time in researching into his family tree, to go as far back as he could to the man he called The African, and to the little clues that were left such as ko for river and 'naplis for Annapolis, and said other words such as Gambia. This indeed was enough for me. Yes there came a television series and I was so thrilled by the fact that a lot of Black actors and actresses were quite visible to me especially in 1973 when we were sought of in our real beginnings of being seen as people. Certainly many played slaves and such,but it was not that, it was the fact that we were a part of a movie, and yet a part of presenting to the world a history of the saga of a family, a Black family. I mean, I did love the series, but most of all I loved having to know that one of our own researched his roots. Blessings...Joseph

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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