Roots’ Program Catches Hold in Virginia ‘Home’ By Ken Ringle January 28, 1977 Washington Post Article source:https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1977/01/28/roots-program-catches-hold-in-virginia-home/efc04e56-baec-4567-9824-d86c177a527c/?utm_term=.51ae314f6063
When Judge A. (for Absalom) Nelson Waller, 73, turns on his television set each night this week to watch “Roots,” the dramatization of Alex Haley’s novel of his black family’s history, he does so with more than the casual interest of the average viewer.
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Waller’s ancestors, no less than Haley’s are part of the story. The judge’s ancestors were the plantation owners who bought Haley’s great-great-great-grandfather, Kunta Kinte, on the slave block in Annapolis and bent him to a life of bondage on land that the Waller’s family still owns two centuries later.
Waller, a stocky bald man with the disposition of a playful bulldog, isn’t sure whether he likes the story or not. Like…