Season Two

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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.
Wendell Scott
Wendell Scott

Wendell Scott NASCAR has been around since 1948, born from the enthusiasm of drivers who moved bootleg whiskey through the country in the years of...READ MORE

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John H. Johnson
John H. Johnson

John H. Johnson The founder of the Johnson Publishing Company was the first African-American to appear on the Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest people...READ MORE

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Charlie Sifford
Charlie Sifford

Charlie Sifford Long before Tiger Woods there was Charlie Sifford. This native of North Carolina started working as a caddy when he was 13 years...READ MORE

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Berry Gordy
Berry Gordy

Berry Gordy The founder of Motown Records was born and raised in Detroit, moving through a variety of occupations before becoming a giant in the...READ MORE

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Willie O’Ree
Willie O’Ree

Willie O’Ree To play in the National Hockey League, you’ve got to be tough. For Willie O’Ree, that meant hiding an injury that had left...READ MORE

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Samuel B. Fuller
Samuel B. Fuller

Samuel B. Fuller Samuel Fuller moved to Chicago in 1928 after an impoverished childhood in rural Louisiana. He held a variety of menial jobs before...READ MORE

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Bessie Coleman
Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman As the child of Texas sharecroppers, Bessie Coleman had to walk four miles to her segregated school every day, never dreaming of the...READ MORE

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Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Barack Obama Barack Obama’s political career unfolded beneath the gaze of a watchful nation that found itself able to embrace its first President of African...READ MORE

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