Tony Award winning actress Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, For Colored Girls) alongside Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (The Butler) and British actor Malachi Kirby from HISTORY’s event series Roots will visit the White House to participate in a panel discussion about how we find our American stories and why it’s important to re-imagine this series with the hope that Roots will spark further conversations about the legacy of slavery and inspire a new generation to explore our nation’s past.roots

Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor, will lead the discussion that will be attended by university students from Howard University, University of Maryland-Baltimore County and other area institutions, as well as key opinion leaders from across the country.

In addition to the panel discussion, the event will also include a sneak peek screening of the four-night, eight-hour event series before it premieres on HISTORY on Monday, May 30 at 9 p.m.

Co-Executive Producer LeVar Burton, who played the original Kunta Kunte, will also be in attendance in addition to executive producers Will Packer and Mark Wolper, directors Phillip Noyce, Mario Van Peebles, Thomas Carter, and Nancy Dubuc, President and Chief Executive Officer, A+E Networks.

Roots will premiere on HISTORY Monday, May 30th and will air over four consecutive nights at 9 p.m.  The four night, eight hour event series is a historical journey of one family and their will to survive, endure and ultimately carry on their legacy despite enormous hardship and inhumanity.  Throughout the series, the family continues to face adversity while bearing witness and contributing to notable events in U.S. history, including the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, slave uprisings and eventual emancipation.

You can tune into the panel discussion the live webcast HERE