I must admit Roots has changed my adult life- I watched it while I was little but didn’t understand what it meant pass Kunta Kinte getting his foot cut off. I watched Roots six months ago with my family and I learned so much about our history that I didn’t know. All the history that was unknown to me I found out by sitting down and watching this movie. After I was done I was sadden that my grandfather had passed away six years ago, it was so many things I wanted to ask him about our family history. I wanted to know where we originated? Was he a slave?
Roots gave me a new outlook on life and the struggles our people have overcome. On the night when Obama took the presidency tears pour down my eyes, not just because a black man won. It was because on that night everything that our people fought for, everything that they lost there life’s for. All the things they went through and suffered where not in vein. I knew our four founders who couldn’t even vote, the men and women who fought for the rights just to vote smiled down on us that night.
Roots, is very powerful and I feel this movie should be shown throughout high schools around the world. You cannot watch Roots and not take away what I have taken away from the experience. Our descendants fought for a chance for us to get an education, a chance for us to vote. They fought for a chance for us to go to the store and get waited on like a human beings. They stood up for us to have this free society that we take for granted. I can’t forget the women who bodies where taken against there free will. They were forced to have sex with anyone who took it, now in this day and age when we have a choice to respect our bodies. Women just loosely and freely give up there body to whomever. Women don’t understand that our ancestor wanted us to know that they fought and died so that one-day we will have a choice. One day we will have control over our bodies, that one-day we will make these men respect us.
I guess at least everything that they fought for didn’t die in vein; I take my hat off to Alex Haley and to all of our men and women who died for us to live free. NWMasssMedia is celebrating black history month with Roots please go out and by a copy and watch it with your family this movie changes life’s..
Alexander Murphy Palmer Haley- Born: August 11, 1921. Ithaca, New York. Died: February 10, 1992
Alexander Murphy Palmer Haley was born on August 11, 1921 in Ithaca, New York. He was the oldest child of Simon Alexander and Bertha Palmer Haley. At the time of his birth, his father was a graduate student at Cornell University and his mother was a music teacher.
As a young boy, Alex Haley first learned of his African ancestor, Kunta Kinte, by listening to the family stories of his maternal grandparants while spending his summers in Henning, Tennessee. According to family history, Kunta Kinte landed with other Gambian Africans in “Napolis” (Annapolis, Maryland) where he was sold into slavery.
Alex Haley’s quest to learn more about his family history resulted in his writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Roots. The book has been published in 37 languages, and was made into the first week-long television mini-series, viewed by an estimated 130 million people. Roots also generated widespread interest in genealogy.
Haley’s writing career began after he entered the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939. Haley was the first member of the U.S. Coast Guard with a Journalist designation. In 1999 the U.S. Coast Guard honored Haley by naming a Coast Guard Cutter after him. Haley’s personal motto, “Find the Good and Praise It,” appears on the ship’s emblem. He retired from the military after 20 years of service, and then continued writing.
Out of the service, he tried his hand at journalism in the private sector. His first successful article was an interview that appreared in Playboy Magazine in 1962. Alex next worked on The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Published in 1965, it became Haley’s first major book.
It was about this time his thoughts then turned back to the family story of the African slave that he heard as a child. His work on the story, which he knew he had to write, became a primary focus of his writing efforts. He details his many years of research in the last chapter of Roots. First referred to as Before This Anger, it was eventually published in abbreviated form in 1974 by the Reader’s Digest. The completed version of Roots was placed on bookshelves in 1976. The award winning book and television mini-series introduced Kunta Kinte to the world.
Other Haley publications include A Different Kind of Christmas, a 1990 book about the underground railroad, and Queen, the story of Haley’s paternal ancestors. Queen was produced into a television mini-series, which first aired in the winter of 1993.
Perhaps one of Alex Haley’s greatest gifts was in speaking. He was a fascinating teller of tales. In great demand as a lecturer, both nationally and internationally, he was on a lecture tour in Seattle, Washington, when he died on February 10, 1992.