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Roots - Behold the only thing greater than yourself

by Matt Delmont

Holding the baby up toward a star-filled sky, Omoro Kinte says, “Kunta Kinte, behold the only thing greater than yourself.” This is one of the most iconic moments in Roots and has been referenced multiple times, including in Kara Walker’s Camptown Ladies silhouette and The Lion King.

Roots - Behold the only thing greater than yourself

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Omoro Kinte lifts baby Kunta to the sky.

from Roots (1977)
Creator: ABC/David Wolper Productions
Distributor: ABC
Posted by Matt Delmont