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1619: The Long Road Home

Wanda Tucker, a 61-year-old African American, is trying to document an audacious claim: that her family, the Tuckers of Tidewater Virginia, are directly descended from the first child born to the first Africans to arrive on the mainland of English America 400 years ago. While it's almost impossible to trace the lineage of the first recorded black birth in what would become the United States, the Tuckers believe that legacy belongs to them. For Wanda, the path back to Angola represents a spiritual journey, filled with conflict and doubt. Her journey is the dream of millions of African Americans: to connect with their history and walk the path of their ancestors.

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  • Chris Powers
  • Andrew P. Scott
  • Jarrad Henderson
  • Deborah Berry
  • Kelley Benham French
  • Nichelle Smith
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    History, Documentary
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 20, 2019
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    United States
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Director Biography - Jarrad Henderson

Jarrad Henderson is a two time Emmy-award winning video producer, award-winning visual journalist and filmmaker, who is respected for working strategically with creative teams or independently in a deadline driven environments. Henderson is a 2018 Fellow with the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute where he will develop a digital resource guide offering best practices, ethical considerations and tools for visual journalists bridging the gap between editorial video and documentary filmmaking. An excellent student and teacher, who often is given the task of training peers and professional leadership teams, his work reflects that harmonious human relationships are the keys to success.

After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in photography, Henderson worked in multiple roles, from 7th grade U.S. History teacher to an Apple retail specialist, before eventually returning to school to pursue a master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri as a Thurgood Marshall Fellow. His passion for storytelling soon earned him a staff position with the Detroit Free Press, Michigan’s largest media company, where he worked for three and a half years. For his excellence in the field of photojournalism, Jarrad was named the 2014 Multimedia Photographer of the Year by the Michigan Press Photographer Association.

After briefly leaving Detroit to work as a Video Producer at Virginia Tech, Jarrad returned to journalism in 2016, accepting a position at USA Today, where he currently works as a Senior Multimedia Producer in the Investigative and Enterprise Video Storytelling unit. Recognized for being a forward thinking, digital savvy, media and video production expert, Henderson helps others pursue their dreams of becoming visual storytellers through his roles as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies, Multimedia Judge for the Hearst Journalism Awards Program and as the Chair of the National Association of Black Journalists - Visual Task Force.

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