EVENT – 100 Great Black Britons Official Book Launch


A long-overdue book, 100 Great Black Britons honours the remarkable achievements of key Black British individuals over history, in collaboration with the 100 Great Black Britons campaign founded and run by Patrick Vernon OBE and Dr Angelina Osborne. With a foreword written by David Olusoga, this book includes a list of Black British names and accompanying portraits – including new role models and previously little-known historical figures. Each entry explores in depth the individual’s contribution to British history – a contribution that too often has been either overlooked or dismissed.

The arrival of the SS Empire Windrush in Britain from the Caribbean has been mythologised as the defining moment that changed Britain from an exclusively white country into a racially diverse one. Yet Africans have been present in Britain since Roman times and there has been a constant Black presence in Britain since the sixteenth century.

In 2003, Vernon and Osborne, frustrated by the almost complete exclusion of the Black British community from mainstream notions of Britishness in education and popular media, launched their ground-breaking 100 Great Black Britons campaign, which invited the public to vote for the Black Briton they most admired. The campaign was a huge success across Britain.

In 2019, following the wake of Brexit and the 2018 Windrush Scandal, Vernon and Osborne decided it was time to relaunch the campaign to ensure the continued legacy and achievement of Black people in Britain.

More information about the book

The Ubele Initiative are proud to host the Official Online Book Launch of 100 Great Black Britons as part of our Black History Month 2020 celebrations!
On Tuesday 20th October at 7-8:30 pm, we will bring a live panel, including the author of the book Patrick Vernon OBE and Dr Angelina Osborne plus exclusive interviews from some of your favourite Great Black Britons as featured in the book, such as Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Dame Floella Benjamin of Beckenham DBE, DL.
We would like to invite you to an Exclusive Press Session with our panel on Tuesday 20th October 2020 at 6:30pm, The resurgence of BLM movement not only reignited a global commitment to anti-racism but also surfaced many hidden stories of Black achievement. We hope that this unique opportunity to ask our panel questions and sharing it with your readers will bring recognition and celebration of Black history in the UK.