Season Five

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SEASON FIVE: A Global Perspective

Much of True First has chronicled the achievements of African Americans, and season 5 brings a global perspective to the historic firsts attained by those of African descent.

After serving twenty-seven years in prison for his activism to end apartheid in South Africa, Nelson Mandela went on to become one of the most revered and beloved world leaders, a tireless advocate for peace and social justice. Kwame Nkrumah became Ghana’s first Prime Minister in 1957, shortly after the country declared its independence from British rule. Wangari Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her environmental and social activism, while Nigerian Wole Soyinka was the first person of African descent to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The stories of Mayor John Archer, Governor General Michaëlle Jean, actor and ambassador Sidney Poitier and musician Winifred Atwell round out the season.
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela was much more than South Africa’s first black head of state. He has become a world-wide symbol for peace, tolerance, social...READ MORE

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Michaëlle Jean
Michaëlle Jean

Michaëlle Jean Canada’s first Governor General of African descent arrived in the country as a Haitian refugee in 1968. She was raised in Quebec and...READ MORE

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John Richard Archer
John Richard Archer

John Richard Archer With his election to the office of Mayor of Battersea in 1913, Richard Archer became the first mayor of African descent in...READ MORE

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Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai The Nobel Peace Prize has only once been awarded to a recipient for their work in environmental protection, and that honour goes to...READ MORE

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Winifred Atwell
Winifred Atwell

Winifred Atwell Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Winifred Atwell moved to London after the Second World War and studied piano at the Royal Academy of...READ MORE

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Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier While many Americans claim the handsome film star as their own, Sidney Poitier grew up in the Bahamas and retained dual citizenship while...READ MORE

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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

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Kwame Nkrumah
Kwame Nkrumah

Kwame Nkrumah From the latter part of the 19th Century until 1957, what is now known as the Republic of Ghana was colonized by the...READ MORE

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