Booker 37 years old

Set in the 1860's South, Booker is the impassioned story of the boy who struggled through slavery to found the Tuskegee Institute. Through the eyes of nine-year-old Booker T. Washington, viewers witness the end of the Civil War, the cruelties that endured after slavery was abolished, and the hard work that led Booker to education and true freedom. Booker is a one-hour drama based on the childhood of Booker T. Washington and his quest for education in the chaotic aftermath of the Civil War. Booker was shown nationally on PBS by the series, WONDERWORKS and subsequently on the Disney Channel, the BBC, and throughout the world. Booker continues to be broadcast and used in thousands of schools in America and abroad. The film was chosen as among the top 10 best home video release for children by Parenting Magazine and best script for a children's drama by the Writer's Guild of America.


LeVar Burton
LeVar Burton


Thalmus Rasulala
Thalmus Rasulala


Mel Stewart
Mel Stewart

Reverend Rice

Booker Cast

Name Character
Judge Reinhold He was 27, now 64 years old as Newt
LeVar Burton He was 27, now 64 years old as Davis
Shelley Duvall She was 35, now 72 years old as Laura
CCH Pounder She was 31, now 68 years old as Jane
Marian Mercer She was 48, 75 years old when she died as Mrs. Ruffner
Mel Stewart He was 55, 72 years old when he died as Reverend Rice
Thalmus Rasulala He was 44, 51 years old when he died as Stepfather
Tony Haney as Monroe
James Bond III as John

Booker Crew

Name Department
Stan Lathan as Director. He was 39 (now 76) years old Directing
Charles Eric Johnson as Writer. Writing
Booker (37 years)

  • Release day: Monday, October 01, 1984
  • Runtime: 60 minutes