The Oakland Film Society & Oakland City Council Member Lynette Gibson McElhaney


Historical impact of the Roots miniseries across multiple generations of viewers The older generation perspective vs the younger perspective of Roots Importance of tracing your personal cultural roots and strengthen your identity and family story Social Justice and Advocacy – Where are we now 40 years later? Diversity and inclusion in Hollywood and more…

Louis Gossett Jr., Academy Award Winner Danny Glover, Renowned Actor and Activist Mario Van Peebles, Producer, Director and Actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Actor and additional invited celebrity guests…

Celebrity Guests and additional invited celebrity guests…


Musical performances by artists with local roots Oakland School of the Arts Performance by SambaFunk! Funkquarians Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir More announcements coming soon…

Roots is an American Story.


A once-in-a-lifetime no holds barred conversation featuring Hollywood legends, entertainers, corporate and local leaders. Be a part of the conversation of “Roots“.

Mark Wolpar
Executive Producer “Roots”

Louis Gossett Jr.
Academy Award Winning Actor

Mario Van Peebles
Actor, Producer, Director

Mandela Van Peebles
Actor (“Noah” 2016 Roots)

Lawrence Hilton – Jacobs
Actor (“Noah” – original Roots)

Danny Glover
Award Winning Actor/Activist

Terri J. Vaughn

Joanna L. Mountain Ph.D
23 & Me