Thriving 'Roots'

Alex Haley's nephew, Chris, speaks to the continuing impact of the miniseries that made TV history 30 years ago.

April 12, 2007|By Mary Carole McCauley | Mary Carole McCauley,Sun reporter

Even 30 years later, the memories barely have dimmed. Chris Haley was a teenager in 1977 when he visited the set of the epic miniseries Roots. But he still can see the African-style huts hunkering down beneath the hot Georgia sun. He can hear the long, dry grasses rustle like crickets. And he still feels sweat pooling beneath his shirt, near his heart.

That's when he knew that his Uncle Alex was about to accomplish something big.

On TV Episode 5 of Roots will air on TVOne at 8 p.m. today; episode 6 airs at 8 p.m. Sunday. Earlier episodes will repeat on Friday and Saturday. For a full broadcast schedule, go to

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