Roots first premieres on ABC

January 23

On January 23, 1977, Roots created by Alex Haley first premiered on ABC. 

The ABC television series derived from Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley. Roots has grown in popularity because of its honest and jarring depiction of racism and slavery.


A&E Television Networks. (2019, September 20). “roots” premieres on television. Retrieved January 1, 2023, from 

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