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Season Four

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SEASON FOUR: Where None Have Gone Before

The fourth season of True First pushes the boundaries of human endeavour and takes viewers to places few have ever ventured.

While many now dispute Robert Peary’s claim to be the first to reach the north pole, there is no question that Mathew Henson was at his side, the first man of African descent to explore the frozen arctic. Guion Bluford took exploration to a whole new level when he became the first astronaut of African descent in space. In 2006, Sophia Danenburg became both the first African American and first black woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The season also features the story of George Washington Carver who famously made peanuts a household favourite and Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television and first African American billionaire. Heroism can be defined in many ways, whether it be the medal-winning valour of Doris Miller or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s battle to become Africa’s first female head of state. Embodying both the spirit of discovery and the heroism of those who came first is Oprah Winfrey, revered as the most influential African American woman of the 20th Century.
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

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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

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George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver In 1941, Time Magazine called George Washington Carver a “black Leonardo,” comparing his genius to that of the famed Italian Renaissance inventor,...READ MORE

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Doris Miller
Doris Miller

Doris Miller On December 7, 1941, hundreds of fighter planes descended on Pearl Harbour, a naval base near the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu. Killing over...READ MORE

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Guion Bluford
Guion Bluford

Guion Bluford The first African-American in space was born in Philadelphia and spent much of his career in the U.S. Air Force as both a...READ MORE

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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

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Sophia Danenburg
Sophia Danenburg

Sophia Danenburg Since 1953, approximately 4,000 people have climbed Mount Everest and over 200 have died trying. At 2 a.m. on May 19, 2006, Danenburg...READ MORE

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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

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