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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.
Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman As the child of Texas sharecroppers, Bessie Coleman had to walk four miles to her segregated school every day, never dreaming of the...READ MORE

Season Two
Bass Reeves
Bass Reeves

Bass Reeves This legendary figure of the Wild West was the first black deputy U.S. Marshall to serve west of the Mississippi River. He was...READ MORE

Season One
Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison In 1993, Toni Morrison became the first woman of African descent to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The achievement was a fitting...READ MORE

Season Seven
Stage Coach Mary Fields
Stage Coach Mary Fields

Stage Coach Mary Fields The Montana law forbidding women to enter a saloon was never applied to Mary Fields. That’s because this gun-toting bad-ass was...READ MORE

Season One
Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Barack Obama Barack Obama’s political career unfolded beneath the gaze of a watchful nation that found itself able to embrace its first President of African...READ MORE

Season Two
Fredrick McKinley Jones
Fredrick McKinley Jones

Fredrick McKinley Jones Before Frederick McKinley Jones turned his mind to the problem, food transportation relied on getting to your destination before the ice in...READ MORE

Season One
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
Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka Wole Soyinka was born in Nigeria in 1934 when the country was still a British dominion. He was raised in an Anglican household...READ MORE

Season Five

a word from the team

Food for thought...

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.

Rosa Parks

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