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Season One

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SEASON ONE: From the Wild West to Washington

Eight stories of the men and women of African descent who tamed the West, reinvented popular music, reached new athletic heights, and walked the halls of power.

Stage Coach Mary Fields and Deputy Marshall Bass Reeves were both frontier legends, born into slavery only to become central figures in the social history of the Wild West. In the 20th Century, black musicians reinvented popular music, laying down the beat that would become rock ‘n roll. Sister Rosetta Tharp and Disco King Mario are but two of the visionaries whose work influenced a generation of musical stars. Moses Fleetwood Walker and Simone Manuel represent athletic achievement, being respectively the first man of African descent to play major league baseball and the first black athlete to win Olympic gold in an individual swimming event. Rounding out the season are the stories of prolific inventor Frederick McKinley Jones and Shirley Chisolm, the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress.
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

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Shirley Chisholm
Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm Although born in Brooklyn New York, the woman who was to become the first black candidate to run for a major party’s presidential...READ MORE

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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

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Simone Manuel
Simone Manuel

Simone Manuel Within days of her twentieth birthday, Simone Manuel became the first woman of African descent to win an Olympic gold medal in an...READ MORE

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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

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Disco King Mario
Disco King Mario

Disco King Mario In the early years of hip hop DJs reigned supreme, the masters of ceremonies who were the stars in a distinctive street...READ MORE

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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

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Moses Fleetwood Walker
Moses Fleetwood Walker

Moses Fleetwood Walker Almost 70 years before Jackie Robinson is credited with breaking the color barrier in baseball, there was Moses Walker. Walker played for...READ MORE

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