SEASON TWO: Wealthy, Daring and Wonderous
In season two, we explore the lives of men and women who rose to the heights of financial and political power, along with four larger-than-life characters who give a whole new meaning to individual achievement.
Slavery, segregation and poverty have all taken their toll on the black entrepreneurial spirit, but this season we showcase three men who beat the odds. John Jonson became the first man to appear on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest people in America, Samuel Fuller was at one point the richest man in the country, and Berry Gordy founded the empire that has come to be known simply as Motown. Then there are the dare-devils. Bessie Coleman who thrilled crowds with her aerial stunts and Wendell Scott, the first man black man to race on the NASCAR circuit. Willie O’Ree hid an eye injury to play professional hockey and Charlie Sifford demolished the National Negro League before finally being admitted to the PGA. Finally, the wonderous is captured by the story of Barack Obama, America’s first President of African descent.