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Sun, 01.23.1977

Roots airs on television

*On this date in 1977, ABC-TV began televising the Roots mini-series. This television show (which would go on to be the most watched mini-series in history), was based on the book by Alex Haley.

The January 30th installment (final episode) became the third most watch TV program in history with a 51% rating.

Reference:
Africana The Encyclopedia of the African and
African American Experience
Editors: Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Copyright 1999
ISBN 0-465-0071-1

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