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Producer: Jerald Harkness | Executive Producer: Kweku Hayford

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.
Tegla Loroupe
Tegla Loroupe

Tegla Loroupe When this Kenyan marathoner was seven years old, she had to run 10 kilometres in bare feet to get to school every morning....READ MORE

Season Six
Robert L. Johnson
Robert L. Johnson

Robert L. Johnson Born in Mississippi in 1946, this farmer’s son would go on to become the first black billionaire in the United States. Johnson...READ MORE

Season Four
Fredrick McKinley Jones
Fredrick McKinley Jones

Fredrick McKinley Jones Before Frederick McKinley Jones turned his mind to the problem, food transportation relied on getting to your destination before the ice in...READ MORE

Season One
Matthew Henson
Matthew Henson

Matthew Henson Robert Peary is widely recognised as the first man to reach the north pole (a claim later disputed) but at his side was...READ MORE

Season Four
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

Season Seven
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
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey While neither forgotten nor ignored, Oprah Winfrey broke more barriers than any other figure in 20th century American history. She rose from an...READ MORE

Season Four
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

Season Seven

a word from the team

Food for thought...

We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.

Jesse Owens

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