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Emmitt Smith is an NFL Hall of Fame running back who, since retirement, has devoted himself to business and giving back to the community. But recently, he decided to embark on a journey inward, tracing his family's past. It was a journey that took him beyond his wildest expectations, discovering not only his African roots, but his connections to slave owners in Virginia. Learn More Below.
Full-Episode: Emmitt Smith
Football legend Emmitt Smith embarks on an incredible journey into his family's slave history.Watch full episode.
Highlighted Moment: A Strong Balance
Emmitt learns that his fourth-great grandmother was the daughter of a slave-owner, a woman able to keep her family together despite the adversity she faced. Watch clip.
Bonus Scene: Emmitt's Tour
Emmitt returns home and gives a quick tour of his old neighborhood. Watch clip.
Bonus Scene: In the Shadows of Slaves
Emmitt explores the shores where his enslaved ancestors were taken from their homeland. Watch clip.
One of the greatest running backs of all time, Emmitt Smith III, rose up through adversity to reach the pinnacle of success. Now he's set out to learn more about who he truly is...
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Emmitt on his Journey
Browse through Emmitt's photo gallery on his journey of discovery. View now.
Did You Know? Times of Slavery Facts
There's more to know that wasn't in the episode. Read more about the historical facts here. Find out now.