100 Great Black Britons campaign is relaunched to celebrate 30 years of Black History Month

100 Great Black Britons

The 100 Great Black Britons campaign has been relaunched for 2017 to celebrate 30 years of Black History Month.

There are currently three categories available for people to nominate in – 100 Great Black Britons of all time; Unsung Heroes and Community Champions; and International: Supporting the UN Decade of African Descent (2015 – 2024).

The campaign is looking for nominations from across various sectors including faith, music, politics, academia, social justice, civil rights, sports and entertainment, to name a few.

Nominations opened on 1 October and will close on 31 March 2018. Voting begins on Windrush Day (22 June 2018) and the results will be announced 1 October 2018.

It has been 14 years since the original 100 Great Black Britons list, which was launched in 2003.

The campaign was in response to the BBC’s 100 Britons campaign, which saw no one of African heritage included.

The 2003 Great Black Britons list voted Crimean War nurse, Mary Seacole as the greatest black Briton of all time. Since the list, Seacole has been honoured with a statue in the gardens of St Thomas’ Hospital, London, opposite the Houses of Parliament. The statue is the first in the UK to honour a black woman.

The 2003 list also included newsreader, Sir Trevor McDonald; Dianne Abbott, MP; Claudia Jones, founder of the Notting Hill Carnival; and Beverley Knight, singer.

Founder of the campaign, Patrick Vernon said, “As Black History Month celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, it’s the ideal time to undertake the enjoyable task of amassing a new list.”

“Against the backdrop of Brexit, the rise of right-wing politics, and the continuing inequality faced by black communities in the UK, I hope the campaign will inspire, and be a further marker that we belong here and our historical and current contributions are making a difference, despite not always been valued and respected.”

You can nominate here.

Alison Simpson
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