"Roots" is the inspirational story, written by Alex Haley. Haley researched his family's roots for over twelve years in order to put this miraculous novel together. "Roots" takes you into the history of America, and gives you a glimpse into the truth behind slavery. It is the prime example of the hate that people hoard inside there hearts. This story is based on the life of a brave young boy named Kunte Kinte, who was born free, and taught the ways of the Mandinka. In the middle of a transition to manhood, Kunte was captured and Forced into slavery. This is his story.
The novel begins in the early spring of 1750, in the West African village of Juffure. Juffure can be found Four days up river, from the Coast of Gambia. There in this peaceful African village, lived Omoro and Binta Kinte. Omoro and Binta are married inside the tribe of the Mandinka and Binta is with child. Soon after, Bintas' child is born in that same spring. The Child is a chocolate black man-child, who cries loudly and strongly. In the presence of Binta are Grandmother Yaisa, and Nyo Boto. The birth of a man-child, is a joy in there tribe, and the two ladies laugh and clap with joy at the sight of the newborn boy.
The Mandinka have many rituals, obtaining to the new birth of a child. When the man-child was born, he had not yet been named. In Juffure it is customary that you wait eight days after the birth to name the new child. On that eight day there is to be an assembly of the village people, and the new child will be announced as a new tribe member, and his name shall be recited.
The eight day arrived hastily, and the people of the village gathered together, they danced and clapped there hands for the birth of the new baby boy; Omoro brought the child forth, and announced that his name shall be, Kunte Kinte. This was a name that the village people new well, for the child was named after his deceased...