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"Roots" Part III (1977)

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John Amos as Kunta Kinte

10/10
Author: kevin olzak (kevinolzak@yahoo.com) from Youngstown, Ohio
15 January 2017

Chapter three casts John Amos as the adult Kunta Kinte, still answering to the name Toby for the white folks in 1776 Spotsylvania County, Virginia, joining Fiddler (Lou Gossett) on the plantation of a new owner, Dr. William Reynolds (Robert Reed), brother of former master John Reynolds (Lorne Greene). Losing half his foot after another runaway attempt, Kunta meets his match in the proud Belle (Madge Sinclair, like Amos earning an Emmy nomination for her performance), whose tender loving care nurses him back to full strength, convincing Dr. Reynolds to make him a carriage driver to curb his runaway instincts. Now is the time for the African and his woman to 'jump the broom,' which was the way slaves were married in those days, their daughter to be named Kizzy, the Mandinka term for staying put. On the night he presents his newborn Kizzy to the moon, as his father Omoro did for him under the African sky, Kunta is called to action by another chance to escape, only now the family man chooses to remain where he is.

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