Season Three

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SEASON THREE: Visionaries and Dreamers

These eight creative minds gave us something we’d never seen or heard before, broadened our understanding of the natural world, and were trues firsts in the arts and sciences.

From George Crumb’s invention of the potato chip to Madam C.J. Walker’s line of beauty products, men and women of African descent have made innumerable contributions to the creation of products we now take for granted. Behind many of those inventions lies the hard science that forged ahead with the work of scientists like Shirley Ann Jackson and botanist Ernest Everett Just. Matt Baker brought us the first black super hero, Cato Alexander professionalised bar-tending, and Ornette Coleman’s free jazz added yet another thread to the tapestry of contemporary music. Just in case the present isn’t exciting enough, Dr. Ronald Mallet has spent a lifetime exploring the possibility of time travel…
Shirley Ann Jackson
Shirley Ann Jackson

Shirley Ann Jackson Shirley Ann Jackson was the first African-American woman to be awarded the National Medal of Science, an achievement that is but one...READ MORE

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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

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Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman When Ornette Coleman first caught the attention of jazz enthusiasts in the late 1950s, they weren’t too sure what to think. He played...READ MORE

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George Crum
George Crum

George Crum French fries became a popular dish in American restaurants after Thomas Jefferson ordered that they be served at the White House in 1802....READ MORE

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Matt Baker
Matt Baker

Matt Baker The first black superhero to appear in a mainstream comic book was the Black Panther, making his debut in 1966. Marvel then brought...READ MORE

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Dr. Ronald Mallet
Dr. Ronald Mallet

Dr. Ronald Mallet If you’ve ever been fascinated with the possibility of time travel, you’re in good company. Dr. Mallet has been gripped by the...READ MORE

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Cato Alexander
Cato Alexander

Cato Alexander Mixology may sound to the layman like a fancy word for making cocktails, but its practitioners are deadly serious about their craft. What...READ MORE

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Madam C.J. Walker
Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker From the cotton fields of Louisiana to the streets of Harlem, the story of this pioneering entrepreneur and activist is like no...READ MORE

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