Munroe Bergdorf, Edward Enninful and Lady Phyll. (Getty)
Model and transactivist Munroe Bergdorf, British Vogue Editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and British Black Pride co-founder Lady Phyll are on a list of the “100 Great Black Britons” celebrating the success of the Black Britons over the past 400 years.
The three LGBT + symbols are in the list of 100 great black BritonsThis is part of a campaign by Windrush activist Patrick Vernon OBE and historian Dr. Angelina Osborne, to celebrate the life, stories and contribution of the black British.
A book of the same name was published today at the start of Black History Month after the public was asked to vote for the British blacks they most admired. The book highlights the top 100 people, plus portraits and research into their contribution to the UK, selected from thousands of nominations by a panel of experts in January.
Osborne said: “The book is for everyone, it’s about informing and educating everyone. I think it has always been unacceptable for us to be in school or to teach, not to include British black history in the curriculum.
“People often don’t have answers to their questions about why people of African and Caribbean origin are here. Nobody makes sense of our presence.
“Our book is really a jumping off point. People can read about individuals, especially historical figures, and say, “There has to be more, of course there is more, I would like to know more about these people.”
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to send a copy of the book to every UK secondary school.
This year’s list comes 16 years after an initiative from 2003/04, in which black Britons and their successes were listed for the first time.
Vernon said he and Osborne had been pressured to recreate the list and write the companion book following the Windrush scandal, the Grenfell Tower fire and growing intolerance in Britain following the Brexit vote.
Vernon said, “In the vast majority of the biographies covered in the book, there is an important golden thread: All people have never given up, they have fought, no matter what field they are in. were, discipline or period of history, they were ahead of the game and they never gave up.
“If this can inspire and learn and educate young people about our personal goals, our achievements and our struggle for equality in the UK, it would be a fantastic legacy.
ask for The guard If the situation for Black Brits has improved since the list was last created, he said, “It depends on what metrics you are using. When you talk about individual accomplishments, the book is celebrating the people we covered in 2003-04, but there are new heroes who have been recognized – Lewis Hamilton wasn’t there in 2003-04, nor Stormzy. .
“But when you look at other metrics – inequalities in health, education, stops, and search – things haven’t improved dramatically in many ways. We are still fighting for our rights in this country. And that’s why we still have Black History Month and those releases.
He added that the list could easily have been 1,000 black Brits depending on the number of nominations.
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