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Behind the scenes image of Lou Gossett Jr. and Levar Burton shooting ROOTS, Jan. 23, 1977. (Photo handout by ABC)

Will a new 'Roots' have an impact?

When the television miniseries "Roots," based on the best-selling novel by Alex Haley, debuted in 1977 it was more than just a colossal commercial success, it was a bonafide cultural phenomenon which coincided with a spike in black American Afrocentrism and introduced a generation of white Americans to the true horrors of slavery. ...

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