To mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain, Oscar-nominated actor Sophie Okonedo tells the remarkable yet little known story of the first published African American woman, a slave by the name of Phillis Wheatley.
4/4. Phillis arrives in London as the prospect of seeing her poetry published is realised. The first ever African American female poet fascinates and intrigues the English gentry who acknowledge her undoubted talents.
She returns to Boston a celebrated writer but despite her achievements and the fame that follows, Phillis reamins troubled by her way of life. All of the trappings of success do nothing to change the fact that she is still a slave.