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UCLA's Center for African American Studies Hosts 'Roots' Documentary Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the TV Miniseries

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UCLA's Center for African American Studies and TheAnderson School will be hosting a screening of "Roots — Celebrating 25 Years,"a one-hour documentary special that celebrates the 25th anniversary of theminiseries at UCLA's Korn Convocation Hall in The Anderson School complex, 110Westwood Plaza on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m.

A panel discussionabout the landmark television event will following the screening; invited toattend are Judith Leonard, the documentary's producer; LeVar Burton, who playedKunta Kinte in the "Roots" miniseries and hosts the documentary; BeverlyRobinson, UCLA theater professor who is also featured in the documentary; andDavid Wolper, the original producer of "Roots." Darnell Hunt, director ofUCLA's Center for African American Studies, will moderate the panel discussion.

Thescreening and panel discussion are open to the public. For information aboutattending the event, call Alex Tucker at (310) 206-8267. Media interested incovering the event, please call Marisa Osorio at (310) 206-3986.

InJanuary 1977, "Roots: The Saga of an American Family" aired during eightconsecutive nights and changed the face of television forever. More than 130million Americans, and millions around the world, tuned in to follow KuntaKinte's struggle for freedom. "Roots" is the third-highest rated event intelevision history.

"Roots —Celebrating 25 Years" will air on Friday, Jan. 18, on NBC as a kick-off to theMartin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend and Black History Month. The one-hourspecial takes a look back at the making of "Roots" and a look forward at itsenduring legacy.

UCLA'sCenter for African American Studies will also be showing the original "Roots"series in its library and media center at 135 Haines Hall, 375 Portola Plaza.The center will show the series from Jan. 8 to Jan. 11 and Jan. 14 to 17 from12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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