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MCC instructor discusses new ‘Roots’ on KCUR program

Lyle Gibson, MCC-Penn Valley history instructor and author of a book on his family’s multiracial history, was a guest June 17 on KCUR-FM’s “Central Standard: Screentime.” The topic: the new version of the “Roots” miniseries.

Lyle Gibson
Lyle Gibson

Gibson’s book “Black Tie White Tie” was turned into a documentary of the same name. Its public premiere was at MCC-Penn Valley in February. The film recently screened at the Cameroon Underground FilmFest and in Birmingham, Ala.

On “Screentime,” Gibson was part of a panel that included Fox 4 film critic Shawn Edwards, Shawnee Mission East High School teacher David Muhammed and Kansas state senator David Haley. Haley is a nephew of Alex Haley, who wrote the book “Roots.”

The original “Roots” miniseries was broadcast on ABC in 1977 and garnered blockbuster ratings. The remake aired over four consecutive nights on three cable channels: History, A&E and Lifetime. According to Variety’s review, “a number of outstanding performances enliven this retelling of the story of Kunta Kinte and his descendants.”

To listen to the “Screentime” discussion, click here.

Meanwhile, Gibson is working on another film project. He’s serving as producer, historical consultant and narrator for “Legacy: Spirit of the Black Panthers,” which will focus on the Kansas City chapter of the Black Panther Party and the services members provided to the community. Watch a trailer here: