Mother Emanuel AME hosts screening for new 'Roots' miniseries

Mother Emanuel AME hosts screening for new 'Roots' miniseries

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A downtown Charleston church hosted a preview of a remake of the landmark television miniseries Roots Saturday night.

The new version will premiere Monday night, but visitors to Mother Emanuel AME Church had the chance to see a portion of the miniseries a couple of days early.

The screening featured a portion of the premiere episode and the entire second episode. Actor Mario Van Peebles, who directed the second episode, and his son, Mandela, who plays the role of Noah in that episode, attended the screening.

Based on the novel by Alex Haley, Roots tells a multi-generational saga of Haley's forebears, beginning with Kunta Kinte, a West African teen captured in the mid-1700s by slave traders and shipped to America.

The original miniseries, which aired on ABC in 1977 and starred LeVar Burton in the central role of Kunta Kinte, ran about nine-and-a-half hours. The new version, which will air on HISTORY, A&E and Lifetime cable networks, runs about six-and-a-half hours.

Malachi Kirby plays Kinte in the new version.

The first episode premieres Monday at 9 p.m.

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