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In the light of the COVID-19 crisis and with schools closed until further notice, we are launching a new “home school” competition for children and young people, to explore Black British History and multicultural Britain.

 

The competition, sponsored by The National Education Union (NEU), the largest education union in Europe, is part of the special launch of the 100 Great Black Britons campaign created by Patrick Vernon OBE to celebrate the continued legacy and achievements of Black people in Britain.

The competition is open to all age groups. Children and young people are asked to create a fun and unique project celebrating Black Britons and their legacy.

 

Entries for the competition are now open on www.100greatblackbritons.co.uk , entries close on the 30th of September 2020. The most creative and innovative projects will be featured on the website in October.

 

 

In 2004, for the initial launch of the 100 Great Black Britons campaign, Mary Seacole was voted the Greatest Black Britons of all time. During the last 16 years, academics and independent scholars have discovered new Black British historical figures and new role models and icons have emerged since 2004.

For the launch of the 2020 campaign, nominations were opened, and we received over a thousand nominations. In January 2020, a panel of experts composed of:

  • Joyce Fraser, Founder of the Black History Foundation
  • Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of the Equality Trust
  • Kenneth Olumuyiwa, Executive Director Africa Centre
  • Dawn Hill, Chair of BCA
  • Dwain Neil -Chair of Reach Society
  • Arike Oki -Managing Director BCA
  • Yvonne Davis, Primary School Head Teacher
  • Sharmaine Lovegrove -publisher
  • Nadine White- journalist
  • Michelle Moore – Former Athlete and Business Coach
  • Patrick Vernon (chair) co author of panel
  • Dr Angelina Osborne co author of 100 Great Black Britons

The final list will be revealed in October 2020 for Black History Month.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “I’m delighted to see the relaunch of 100 Great Black Britons. Black Londoners have played an important role in the success of our city for centuries, but for too long the contribution of Britons of African and Caribbean heritage have been underestimated, undervalued and overlooked.

From Mary Prince becoming the first woman to present a petition to Parliament to Sir Trevor McDonald anchoring the News at Ten, generations of black Britons have blazed a trail. It is only right that we once again come together to recognise and celebrate them.”

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