Roots: The Gift Roots: The Gift Drama from 1988 by Kevin Hooks with Fran Bennett and Avery Brooks . Christmas 1775th For the gentry at Parker Plantation, Christmas is a time of joy and generosity. For slaves and friends Fiddler and Kunta Kinte (Louis Gossett, Jr.., And LeVar Burton from the classic miniseries Roots), it means the chance to give the other slaves the most precious gift of all: freedom. Inspired by a black man's rebellion mod (Avery Brooks), they lead a group of desperate fugitives from place to place until a flyktbåt. As they crowded on the boat they realize that there is only room for one more passenger. A painful and difficult decisions must be made. But a Mandinka warrior never betray a friend.