The new Roots began last night on History (Channel). At this point, the 2016 version of Alex Haley’s novel does not seem to be as important of a cultural milestone as the original in 1977, which still to this day is the second most watched series finale ever.
The KTRU show “Africa” hosted by Craig Jackson discussed the importance of the mini-series and how it should affect courses at Rice with visiting Sociology professor Dr. Rose Brewer. This episode ran the same night as the finale, January 30, 1977.
Images from the 1977 Campanile.