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Reconsidering Roots: Observations on the 40th Anniversary of a TV Mini-Series that changed the Way We Understood American Slavery
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Copeland Room, Delaware History Museum
Includes admission to the Delaware History Museum and the Mitchell Center for African American Heritage.
Kellie Carter Jackson, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Hunter College
As part of the 40th anniversary of the broadcast of the original television mini-series Roots (1977), we invite visitors to explore the meanings and memories of this milestone in the public presentation of black history. Carter Jackson’s presentation provides a framework for understanding the impact of Roots on interest in black family genealogy in the years since, as well as on interest in African cultural heritage and identity among black audiences, and interest in black history in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries generally.
We invite our audiences of all backgrounds to share their own memories of this shared experience of watching black history being made and black history being told, within families and across generations, and of discussing the mini-series, at school and at work, at home and across the country.
Sharing Roots: Screenings of the 2016 television production
All screenings are FREE
Part 1, Saturday, January 21, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
In addition to the screening on Saturday, January 21, please join us for special family programming, between 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. including mancala and kent cloth weaving, games and crafts inspired by Roots. Please click here for details.