Notable Black Britons
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#1 Jul 22, 2012
Notable Black Britons
Crimean War nurse, Mary Seacole has been dubbed the Greatest Black Briton
Olaudah Equiano, a significant figure involved with the abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Shirley Bassey is the UK's most successful female artist of all time....
Adam Afriyie, is a politician, and Conservative Member of Parliament for Windsor. He is also the founding director of Connect Support Services, an IT services company pioneering fixed-price support. He was also Chairman of DeHavilland Information Services plc, a news and information services company, and was a regional finalist in the 2003 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year awards.
Alexander Amosu is an entrepreneur and one of the first people in the UK to create high-end customised mobile phones in gold, white gold and various colours of diamonds, selling to wealthy clients worldwide.
Finally, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones is a businessman, farmer and founder of the popular Black Farmer range of food products. In addition, he is also a prospective Conservative Party candidate for the Chippenham constituency for the next general election.
In 2005, soldier Johnson Beharry, born in Grenada of mixed Black African and East Indian roots, became the first man to win the Victoria Cross, the United Kingdom's foremost military award for bravery, since the Falklands War of 1982. He was awarded the medal for service in Iraq in 2004.
In sport, prominent examples of success include boxing champion Frank Bruno, whose career highlight was winning the WBC world heavyweight championship in 1995. Altogether, he has won 40 of his 45 contests. He is also well known for acting in pantomime.
Lennox Lewis, born in east London, is another successful Black British boxer and former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Recently, Lewis Hamilton, who is mixed-race, has created a major impact in the world of Formula One racing, with his most notable achievement being the winner (and first Black person) of the 2008 Formula One World Championship.
Kelly Holmes, who won two gold medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics, is also mixed-race: her black father was born in Jamaica, while her white mother is English.
People of black ancestry such as Bernie Grant, Baroness Amos and Diane Abbott, as well as Oona King and Paul Boateng who are of mixed race, have made significant contributions to politics and trade unionism.
Paul Boateng became the UK's first black biracial cabinet minister in 2002 when he was appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Bill Morris was elected general secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union in 1992. He was knighted in 2003, and in 2006 he took a seat in the House of Lords as a working life peer, Baron Morris of Handsworth.
Diane Abbott became the first black woman Member of Parliament when she was elected to the House of Commons in the 1987 general election.
David Pitt became the first black member of the House of Lords when he became a Life Peer for the Labour Party in 1975, he was also President of the British Medical Association. The first black Conservative Peer was John Taylor, Baron Taylor of Warwick.
Valerie Amos became the first black woman cabinet minister and the first black woman to become leader of the House of Lords.
Numerous Black British actors have become successful in US television, such as Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Idris Elba, Lennie James, Marsha Thomason and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Black British actors are also increasingly found starring in major Hollywood movies, notable examples include Adrian Lester, Ashley Walters, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Colin Salmon, David Harewood, Eamonn Walker, Hugh Quarshie, Naomie Harris, Sophie Okonedo and Thandie Newton
#2 Jul 24, 2012
Hmm. Not too comfortable with the use of the term "Black BRITONS."
Briton is mainly used to denote the indigenous population of the British Isles (often the ethnic-Welsh)- it's an ethnic label so Black Briton is problematic.
Black Brit or Black British would be better I feel.
#3 Jul 24, 2012
This negro is disgusting! You people try every and which way to snuggle into Europe. Why can't you just leave?
#4 Jul 24, 2012
#5 Jul 24, 2012
A person posts about dwarfs he's a dwarf,
abut Watusis, he's A WATUSI.
About Irish-he's Irish.
About gnomes, he's a gnome.
I suppse if I post about trees then I'm a tree.
What are you suffering from, a severe case of congenital microcephalia?
#6 Jul 24, 2012
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