Cicely Tyson on Preparing for Roots

Season 4 Episode 410
Aired on 08/03/2014 | CC tv-pg
In the iconic miniseries Roots, Cicely Tyson plays Binta, the mother of Kunta Kinte. It's a role that still gets her recognized. "No matter where I go in the world, they will say to me, 'Roots!'" she says. Watch as Cicely reflects on how she prepared for the role before she even knew it was available—and why she wouldn't leave Roots author Alex Haley be after meeting him.

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