Key Black LGBTQI individuals celebrated in the 100 Great Black Britons as Black History Month begins

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

In order to mark the first day of Black History Month 2020, the 100 Great Black Britons list has been announced today, featuring some huge LGBTQI names. 

The list is the brainchild of Windrush campaigner Patrick Vernon and historian Dr Angelina Osborne, who have told the stories of these influential Black individuals in a book of the same name. 

UK Black Pride co-founder Phyll Opouku-Gymiah, Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo and transgender activist Munroe Bergdorf are among the LGBTQI women that have been honoured in the year’s list. 

The book highlights the top 100 people, along with portraits and an exploration of their contribution to Britain, who were chosen by a panel of experts in January from thousands of nominations.

The list is a follow-up to the 2003-04 initiative, which was topped by the Crimean war nurse Mary Seacole, based on a public vote.

Patrick Vernon said: “There’s a key golden thread in the vast majority of the biographies that are covered in the book in that all the people never gave up, they struggled, whatever field they were in, or discipline or time period in history, they were ahead of the game and they never gave up.

“If that can inspire young people around our own personal goals, achievement and fighting for equality in Britain and learning and educating then I think that would be a fantastic legacy.”

GoFundMe campaign has also been launched to send a copy of the book to every UK secondary school. Click here to request your own copy of the book for your school.

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