105 great Black Britons from 145 AD till present

To celebrate Black History month here is a list of famous individuals with remarkable and sometime unbelievably educating lives.

The list of 100 people is a mixture of royals, saints, politicians, musicians, sportsmen, entrepreneurs and all things praiseworthy.

(List of names appears in alphabetical order of last names)

  1. Diane Abbott, first black woman MP
  2. Ira Aldridge, 19th century actor, Theatre Company
  3. Duonne Alexander, entrepreneur
  4. Baroness Amos
  5. Viv Anderson, footballer
  6. John Archer, UK’s first black mayor
  7. Joan Armatrading, singer
  8. Francis Barber, assistant to Dr Samuel Johnson and writer of the first dictionary
  9. John Barnes, footballer/broadcaster
  10. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet
  11. Dame Jocelyn Barrows, educationist and BBC governor
  12. Shirley Bassey, singer
  13. Brendan Batson, Secretary of the Professional Footballers
  14. Floella Benjamin, broadcaster
  15. Nigel Benn/Chris Eubank, boxers
  16. Patrick Berry, managing director of Choice FM
  17. Paul Boateng, MP
  18. Ozwald Boateng, designer
  19. Nana Bonsu, community leaders
  20. Yvonne Brewster, founder of The Talawa
  21. George Bridgetower, violinist
  22. Errol Brown, singer
  23. Frank Bruno, boxer
  24. Naomi Campbell, supermodel
  25. David Case, RAF commander
  26. Queen Charlotte, consort of George III and Queen Victoria’s grandmother
  27. Linford Christie, athlete
  28. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, composer
  29. Leary Constantine, England’s first black peer
  30. John Conteh, boxer
  31. William Cuffay, politician
  32. Ottobah Cugoano, 18th-century abolitionist
  33. Craig David, singer
  34. Des’ree, singer
  35. Desmond Douglas, table tennis player
  36. Niger Val Dub, Pict king
  37. Miss Dynamite, singer
  38. John Edmonstone, taught Charles Darwin taxidermy
  39. Olaudah Equiano, political activist
  40. Mike Fuller, Britain’s first black police chief
  41. Gabrielle, singer
  42. Lenn Garrison, community leader
  43. Goldie, musician
  44. Bernie Grant, MP
  45. Jeremy Guscott, rugby union player
  46. Queen Philippa of Hainault, wife of Edward III
  47. Professor Stuart Hall, academic and broadcaster
  48. Lord Pitt of Hampstead, Labour peer
  49. Ellery Hanley, rugby player
  50. Lenny Henry, comedian
  51. Peter Herbert, chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers
  52. Baroness (Rosalind) Howells, community activist
  53. Paul Ince, footballer
  54. Colin Jackson, athlete
  55. Lee Jasper, activist
  56. Jazzie B, musician
  57. Linton Kwesi Johnson, poet and activist
  58. Claudia Jones, founder of the Notting Hill Carnival
  59. Janet Kay, musician
  60. Oona King, MP
  61. Kanya King, founder of MOBO Awards
  62. Beverley Knight, singer
  63. Cleo Laine, singer
  64. David Lammy, MP
  65. Stephen Lawrence, murdered teenager
  66. Angie Le Mar, comedian
  67. Denise Lewis, athlete
  68. Lennox Lewis, the most successful British sportsman of all time
  69. George of Lydda, saint
  70. Phil Lynott, singer
  71. OA Lyseight, founder of the New Testament Church of God
  72. Val McCalla, publisher
  73. Jenette McDonald, politician
  74. Sir Trevor McDonald, newsreader
  75. Harold Moody, athlete and entrepreneur
  76. Sir Bill Morris, trade unionist
  77. Martin Offiah, rugby player
  78. Ben Okri, writer
  79. Bruce Oldfield, designer
  80. Herman Ouseley, first black head of the Commission for Racial Equality
  81. Mica Paris, singer
  82. Trevor Phillips, politician
  83. Courtney Pine, jazz musician
  84. Mary Prince, first black woman author published in England
  85. Sade, singer
  86. Ignatius Sancho, writer, musician and businessman
  87. Tessa Sanderson, athlete
  88. Baroness Scotland, first black woman peer along with …
  89. Mary Seacole, Crimean War nurse
  90. Seal, singer
  91. Septimus Severus, Roman emperor
  92. Zadie Smith, writer
  93. Moira Stuart, newsreader
  94. Carroll Thompson, musician
  95. Daley Thompson, athlete
  96. Randolph Turpin, boxer
  97.  Rudolph Walker, actor
  98.  Lord Taylor of Warwick, Conservative peer
  99. Andrew Watson, first black footballer to play for Scotland
  100. Robert Wedderburn, anti slavery campaigner
  101.  Arthur Wharton, England’s first professional black footballer
  102. 1Henry Sylvester Williams, politician
  103.  Wilfred Wood, first black bishop
  104.  lan Wright, footballer
  105.  Benjamin Zephaniah, poet

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