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Producer: Jerald Harkness | Executive Producer: Kweku Hayford

TRUE FIRST

LEGENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT AND THEIR UNTOLD STORIES

a docu-drama series that celebrates forgotten trailblazers and pioneers

Before the Legend Came the True First.

In all of human achievement someone strode ahead, forging the path so that others might follow. The acclaim, however, was often bestowed upon another. History has all but forgotten those of African descent who were swept aside in the tally of leaders. These are their stories.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf The woman who would become the first elected female head of state in Africa was born in the Liberian capital of Monrovia....READ MORE

Season Four
Robert L. Johnson
Robert L. Johnson

Robert L. Johnson Born in Mississippi in 1946, this farmer’s son would go on to become the first black billionaire in the United States. Johnson...READ MORE

Season Four
Hattie McDaniel
Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel The woman who would go on to be the first African American to win an Academy Award was born in Wichita, Kansas in...READ MORE

Season Six
Matthew Henson
Matthew Henson

Matthew Henson Robert Peary is widely recognised as the first man to reach the north pole (a claim later disputed) but at his side was...READ MORE

Season Four
Olaudah Equiano
Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano This former slave was sold to European slave-traders when he was 11 years old and shipped to Barbados before ending up on a...READ MORE

Season Six
Lord Learie Constantine
Lord Learie Constantine

Lord Learie Constantine Born in Trinidad, Learie Constantine first gained prominence as an outstanding West Indian cricketer. He toured England with the West Indies team...READ MORE

Season Seven
Willie O’Ree
Willie O’Ree

Willie O’Ree To play in the National Hockey League, you’ve got to be tough. For Willie O’Ree, that meant hiding an injury that had left...READ MORE

Season Two
Samuel J. Battle
Samuel J. Battle

Samuel J. Battle Born in North Carolina in 1883, “Big Sam” became the first African American to serve as a police officer in New York...READ MORE

Season Six

a word from the team

Food for thought...

In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.

Michael Jackson

Recent Blog Posts

Explore the political, social and economic backdrop to the stories of True First.

Featured Team Members

These are some of the folk who have made True First a labor of discovery, celebration and love.

Rudy Massamba
Interviewee & Author
Jeff Wiltse
Interviewee & Author
Gayle Wald
Interviewee & Author
Kweku Hayford
Executive Producer

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