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TRUE FIRST

LEGENDS OF AFRICAN DESCENT AND THEIR UNTOLD STORIES

a docu-drama series that celebrates forgotten trailblazers and pioneers

Before the Legend Came the True First.

In all of human achievement someone strode ahead, forging the path so that others might follow. The acclaim, however, was often bestowed upon another. History has all but forgotten those of African descent who were swept aside in the tally of leaders. These are their stories.
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

Season Two
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

Season Two
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

Season Three
Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier While many Americans claim the handsome film star as their own, Sidney Poitier grew up in the Bahamas and retained dual citizenship while...READ MORE

Season Five
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

Season Two
Doris Miller
Doris Miller

Doris Miller On December 7, 1941, hundreds of fighter planes descended on Pearl Harbour, a naval base near the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu. Killing over...READ MORE

Season Four
George Coleman Poage
George Coleman Poage

George Coleman Poage While black athletes now dominate many Olympic events, few participated at the time George Coleman became the first African American to stand...READ MORE

Season Six
Sophia Danenburg
Sophia Danenburg

Sophia Danenburg Since 1953, approximately 4,000 people have climbed Mount Everest and over 200 have died trying. At 2 a.m. on May 19, 2006, Danenburg...READ MORE

Season Four

a word from the team

Food for thought...

We need to reject any politics that targets people because of race or religion. This isn't a matter of political correctness. It's a matter of understanding what makes us strong. The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness and the way we respect every faith.

Barack Obama

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Featured Team Members

These are some of the folk who have made True First a labor of discovery, celebration and love.

Rudy Massamba
Interviewee & Author
Charles A. Ray
Interviewee & Author
Chris Pickenpaugh
Post-production & Graphics
Julie Arnold
Field Director

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