100 Greatest Black Britons List | Black Truth

1 Mary Seacole, Crimean War nurse

2 Wilfred Wood, first black bishop

= OA Lyseight, founder of the New Testament Church of God

3 Mary Prince, first black woman author published in England

4 Olaudah Equiano, political activist

5 Queen Philippa of Hainault, wife of Edward III

6 Courtney Pine, jazz musician

7 Sir Bill Morris, trade unionist

Sir Trevor McDonald, newsreader

8 Shirley Bassey, singer

9 Bernie Grant, MP

10 Professor Stuart Hall, academic and broadcaster

11 Ellery Hanley, rugby player

12 Sade, singer

13 Stephen Lawrence, murdered teenager

14 Miss Dynamite, singer

15 Queen Charlotte, consort of George III and Queen Victoria’s grandmother

16 Henry Sylvester Williams, politician

17 Daley Thompson, athlete

18 Lenny Henry, comedian

19 Joan Armatrading, singer

20 Benjamin Zephaniah, poet

21 Arthur Wharton, England’s first professional black footballer

= Andrew Watson, first black footballer to play for Scotland

22 Linton Kwesi Johnson, poet and activist

23 Nana Bonsu

= Len Garrison, community leaders

24 George of Lydda, saint

25 Septimus Severus, Roman emperor

26 Baroness (Rosalind) Howells, community activist

27 Harold Moody, athlete and entrepreneur

28 Lennox Lewis, the most successful British sportsman of all time

29 Diane Abbott, first black woman MP

30 William Cuffay, politician

31 Francis Barber, assistant to Dr Samuel Johnson and writer of the first dictionary

32 Ignatius Sancho, writer, musician and businessman

33 Phil Lynott, singer

34 Moira Stuart, newsreader

35 Frank Bruno, boxer

36 Niger Val Dub, Pict king

37 Leary Constantine, England’s first black peer

38 Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet

39 Robert Wedderburn,

anti slavery campaigner

40 Claudia Jones, founder of the Notting Hill Carnival

41 Herman Ouseley, first black head of the Commission for Racial Equality

42 Craig David, singer

43 John Barnes, footballer/broadcaster

44 Martin Offiah, rugby player

45 Des’ree, singer

46 Randolph Turpin, boxer

47 Paul Boateng, MP

48 Cleo Laine, singer

49 Lord Taylor of Warwick, Conservative peer

50 Ottobah Cugoano, 18th-century abolitionist

51 Trevor Phillips, politician

52 lan Wright, footballer

53 Linford Christie, athlete

54 Bruce Oldfield, designer

55 Peter Herbert, chairman of the Society of Black Lawyers

56 Mike Fuller, Britain’s first black police chief

57 Lee Jasper, activist

58 Beverley Knight, singer

59 Ozwald Boateng, designer

60 Viv Anderson, footballer

61 Desmond Douglas, table tennis player

62 Patrick Berry, managing director of Choice FM

63 Brendan Batson, Secretary of the Professional Footballers Association

64 Floella Benjamin, broadcaster

65 Lord Pitt of Hampstead, Labour peer

66 John Edmonstone, taught Charles Darwin taxidermy

67 Kanya King, founder of MOBO Awards

68 Val McCalla, publisher

69 Dame Jocelyn Barrows, educationist and BBC governor

70 David Lammy, MP

71 Oona King, MP

72 John Archer, UK’s first black mayor

73 Baroness Scotland, first black woman peer along with …

74 Baroness Amos

75 George Bridgetower, violinist

76 Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, composer

77 Zadie Smith, writer

78 Jazzie B, musician

79 Ira Aldridge, 19th century actor

80 Colin Jackson, athlete

81 Yvonne Brewster, founder of The Talawa Theatre Company

82 Duonne Alexander, entrepreneur

83 David Case, RAF commander

84 Tessa Sanderson, athlete

85 Seal, singer

86 Errol Brown, singer

87 Rudolph Walker, actor

88 Gabrielle, singer

= Naomi Campbell, supermodel

89 Goldie, musician

90 Mica Paris, singer

91 Angie Le Mar, comedian

92 Ben Okri, writer

93 Denise Lewis, athlete

94 Jeremy Guscott, rugby union player

95 Paul Ince, footballer

96 Nigel Benn/Chris Eubank, boxers

97 John Conteh, boxer

98 Janet Kay, musician

99 Carroll Thompson, musician

100 Jenette McDonald, politician


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