07:15 PM EDT 05/27/2016
Originally posted 05/27/2016 01:10PM
When the original Roots aired in 1977, nearly 85 percent of American homes watched some part of the eight-night event on the saga of Kunta Kinte (LeVar Burton) and his descendants. The finale alone attracted 100 million viewers, which is astounding when you consider that this is before most Americans had ever encountered acronyms like DVR or VCR.
But even more shocking than the historic ratings, is that the fact that Roots ever got made at all.
Why LeVar Burton Says Roots Is Still Relevant Today: 'Being A Black Man in America Is Still a Dangerous Experience'
Originally posted 05/26/2016 08:40AM
When Roots original star LeVar Burton first heard the series that launched his career was being remade, "I didn't believe it," he tells PEOPLE in this week's issue.
Originally posted 10/27/2014 03:15PM
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Originally posted 06/13/2014 11:50AM
LeVar Burton is rounding up his friends from the final frontier to help bring Reading Rainbow to every child.
Originally posted 05/29/2014 05:30PM
After 23 years of introducing kids to the power of the written word, Reading Rainbow's final episode aired on November 16, 2006 – but now the childhood favorite is making a big comeback.
On Wednesday, host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow LeVar Burton announced the brand's next chapter on Kickstarter. "Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere" is an online campaign started by the Roots actor and his Reading Rainbow team to transform the company's impressive collection of books into an interactive digital library accessible to every child.
Originally posted 07/14/2009 12:45PM
LeVar Burton was injured in a five-car accident in West Los Angeles, police tell PEOPLE.
Burton, 52, whose TV acting has included roles on such programs as Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation and who served as the longtime host of Reading Rainbow, was driving his 2006 Mercedes eastbound along Beverly Boulevard at about 7:40 p.m. Monday when a 74-year-old woman driving westbound turned left in front of him, says LAPD Officer Tenesha Dobine.
The wreck caused a five-car pileup, although no one was seriously injured, Dobine tells PEOPLE. However, Burton complained of neck pain and was treated at a nearby hospital and released, she added.
– Howard Breuer
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