BlackFacts Details

Kunta Kinte

Kunta Kinte is the central figure in Alex Haley"s 1976 book Roots. According to Haley"s research, Kunta Kinte was a real historical figure who was 17 when he was captured and taken to America as a slave aboard the ship Lord Ligonier in 1767. Roots traces the lives of Kinte and his descendants down to Haley himself, Kinte"s great-great-great-great-grandson. The book was turned into an epic 12-hour TV miniseries in 1977, starring LeVar Burton as young Kunta Kinte and John Amos as the older Kinte. The miniseries was a landmark hit: "For eight consecutive nights it riveted the country," reports the Museum of Broadcast Communications, adding that Roots "scored higher ratings than any previous entertainment program in history." In a 2016 remake on The History Channel, Kunta Kinte was played by Malachi Kirby.

Extra Credit

A memorial to Alex Haley and Kunta Kinte stands in Annapolis, Maryland, at the dock where Kinte arrived.

Copyright © 1998-2017 by Who2?, LLC. All rights reserved.

Featured Videos

Independence Day Facts & Stats

Don"t just celebrate the 4th--learn a little more about your country!

Hey! It"s National Anti-Boredom Month

FactMonster Games are the cure for boredom!

Just how were ice cream cones & popsicles invented?

Learn how on FactMonster!

Dictionary

Encyclopedia

Thesaurus

Almanac

Atlas

Timelines

Privacy

Terms of Use

Citing Fact Monster™

Contact Us

Advertise

Part of FEN Learning

FactMonster

InfoPlease

FamilyEducation

TeacherVision

© 2000-2017 Sandbox Networks, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Blackfacts 8.72
(QA Environment)