First in Future: Four-time High School Chess Champion Emmanuel Carter

Summary:  Imaging how strange it must be to walk down the halls of your high school, the best in the state at something, and nobody knows your secret. Emmanuel Carter does it every day. Carter is a four-time high school chess champion as well as a 17-year-old Lee County High School senior. He’s also one of the few young African Americans playing chess at such a top level. This week on First in Future, he talks to IEI Director Leslie Boney about his journey to becoming a chess champion, how he learned the game and how he applies its lessons to other parts of his life.

This installment of First in Future is part of a special TV series produced in collaboration with UNC-TV, and is recorded in UNC-TV’s Studios. Taped segments will air on the North Carolina Channel. Visit for specific air dates.

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