It starts tonight at 9 p.m. E.T.
The year 1976 can be remembered for many things by those of us old enough to remember. Two things likely near the top of any list are the United States Bicentennial and a book titled Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley. Both inspired people to dig into their genealogy.
And in 1977 the book was made into an eight episode television miniseries (remember those) called Roots which further inspired people to research their family history.
What does this have to do with tonight?
The History Channel (and A&E channel) premieres its 2016 "re-imagined" remake of the 1977 ROOTS miniseries. This four-part, eight hour, event series begins tonight, May 30, and runs through Thursday, June 3. Each night's broadcast runs from 9 p.m to about 11:13 pm E.T.
See the show's website pages to learn more and to see an interesting animated presentation of the Roots Family Tree. Each preceding night's episode will also air prior to the night's new episode on Tuesday through Thursday. So by Thursday you could watch the whole eight hours in one sitting à la today's binge viewing habits.
So get your popcorn ready and gather your "present-day" family to revisit "an event from the past." We have the Beginner's Kit and genealogy forms ready just in case.
We hope everyone has had a safe Memorial Day weekend.
See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!