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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.
Walter Harris
Walter Harris

Walter Harris In the world of competitive chess, Walter Harris is a true legend. He was a contemporary of Bobby Fischer and played the young...READ MORE

Season Six
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
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe This musical legend’s first professional partnership was with her mother, a Baptist singer and evangelical preacher in rural Arkansas. By the age...READ MORE

Season One
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey While neither forgotten nor ignored, Oprah Winfrey broke more barriers than any other figure in 20th century American history. She rose from an...READ MORE

Season Four
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
Ernest Everett Just
Ernest Everett Just

Ernest Everett Just Despite winning almost every academic award in his graduating year, Ernest Everett Just was passed over as the commencement speaker. It just...READ MORE

Season Three
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
Constance Baker Motley
Constance Baker Motley

Constance Baker Motley Before becoming the first African American woman to be named a federal judge in 1966, Constance Baker Motley served in the New...READ MORE

Season Six

a word from the team

Food for thought...

If I can create the minimum of my plans and desires, there shall be no regrets.

Bessie Coleman

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