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Season Seven

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SEASON SEVEN: Lords, Ladies, and Hell-Raisers

The legends in these eight episodes of True First have received everything from the Order of the British Empire to the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Their achievements are memorable, captivating, and fueled by the desire to make the world a better place.

Becoming a British Life Peer is no small feat. Nonetheless, Baroness Amos became the first black leader of the House of Lords and Lord Learie Constantine received the honour following a brilliant cricketing career and a lifetime dedicated to ending racial discrimination. Footballer Viv Anderson received the Order of the British Empire as the first player of African descent to represent England, while Debi Thomas captivated the nation when she became the first black recipient of a medal at the Winter Olympic Games. Nobel prize winners Toni Morrison and William Lewis were the first blacks to be recognized in their respective fields, obtaining honours for literary and economic excellence. Rounding out our hell-raisers are WEB Dubois, founder of the NAACP and Miriam Makeba, the talented artist who brought African music (and a call to end apartheid) to the ears of the world.
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

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Baroness Amos
Baroness Amos

Baroness Amos Valerie Ann Amos was born in British Guiana (now Guyana) and moved to England as a child. A member of the Labour Party,...READ MORE

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Miriam Makeba
Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba Before the rise of Miriam Makeba, very few Europeans or Americans had ever heard of African musicians. Her release of Lovely Lies in...READ MORE

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Sir William Arthur Lewis
Sir William Arthur Lewis

Sir William Arthur Lewis This prominent economist was born in Saint Lucia when it was still part of what were known as the British Windward...READ MORE

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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

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Viv Anderson
Viv Anderson

Viv Anderson This native of Nottingham became the first black football player to represent England in a full international match. He made his senior debut...READ MORE

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Debi Thomas
Debi Thomas

Debi Thomas In an event dominated by white athletes, it took until 1988 for a black participant to medal at the Winter Olympic Games. In...READ MORE

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W.E.B. Dubois
W.E.B. Dubois

W.E.B. Dubois The first American of African descent to earn a doctorate at Harvard went on to found the National Association for the Advancement of...READ MORE

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