100 Great Black Britons

It’s been 16 years since I launched 100 Great Black Britons. The campaign was one of the most successful movements to focus on the role of people of African and Caribbean descent in British history.

Patrick Vernon OBE

Frustrated by the widespread and continuing exclusion of the black British community from the mainstream popular conception of ‘Britishness’, despite black people having lived in Britain for over a thousand years, I set up a public poll in which anyone could vote for the black Briton they most admired. Mary Seacole was voted the Greatest Black Briton of all time.


Over the last decade there has been an increasing demand for a follow-up campaign and list; and in the wake of the Brexit referendum and Windrush scandal, the 100 Great Black Britons campaign is more relevant than ever. So, we are now relaunching the 100 GBB campaign for 2019!

Once again, this campaign seeks to highlight the legacy and achievements of black people in Britain. Furthermore, 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 the last campaign in 2004.

The new campaign provides an opportunity for reassessment and reflection on what makes a Great Black Briton and how we recognise unsung heroes who may not have the profile and the coverage that they deserve. Closing dates for nominations will be 1st December 2019. Results will be announced for Black History Month 2020 alongside the launch of the upcoming publication and board game.

I am please that my friends at Sugar Media and Marketing and Black History Month Magazine are supporting this important project

Anyone can visit www.100GreatBlackBritons.co.uk to make your nominations.

Patrick Vernon OBE Founder of 100 Great Black Britons



thank you.
white people are fighting for survival cause they know very soon we black are going to take over the world

To nsenga kalolelo

What a 4kin stupid thing to say, you’re creating hate for yourself and other black people by writing such stupid comments, grow up and shut up.

Interested in finding a POC who I could nominate to replace Drake as a shool house name in my daughter’s school. It’s time to stop glorifying slave masters and mass murderers. The house name is supposed to inspire students, Drake House is supposed to represent Exploration (other houses represent, art, science and sport) who would be a fitting candidate I could put forward?
It would be even better if it could be a woman of colour as all the other houses are represented by white men.
Any thoughts?

Susana I agree. Below are some suggestions:
Katherine Johnson – mathematician, did the calculations that made the moon landing possible.
Mary Seacole – looked after British soldiers who had been injured.
Lilian Bader – served in the armed forces.
Diane Abbot – MP
Any of these surnames could be put forward as a house name.
If they want a man, maybe Sir Learie Constantine?

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