Black History - The Present

Celebrating Black History

Baroness Valorie Amos

Who: Baroness Valorie Amos

About: The eighth UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Before her appointment to the UN, she served as British High Commissioner to Australia. She has created a Labour Life Peer in 1997, becoming Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. When Amos was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 12 May 2003, following the resignation of Clare Short, she became the first black woman to sit in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom.

Kingslee James Daley

Kingslee James Daley
(a.k.a. Akala)

About: An English rapper, and poet.  In 2006, he was voted the Best Hip Hop Act at the MOBO Awards.

Hear his talk on Everyday Racism.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

Who: Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

About: A co-founder, trustee and executive (formerly managing) director of UK Black Pride. Opoku-Gyimah sits on the TUC race relations committee and is currently trustee of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights charity, Stonewall.