By Joy Sigaud.
Patrick Vernon OBE and Dr Angelina Osbourne’s eagerly awaited 100 Great Black Britons 2020 has gone straight to number 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Biography Reference with orders for the hardback and number 4 for the kindle version.
Not surprisingly, of course, as the original 100 Great Black Britons, first published in 2003 brought to the forefront many names of notable Black figures from all walks of life who had made great contributions to Britain as we know it today yet were either lost or hidden in the annals of British History, some for centuries.
As a result, today we have dedicated statues and monuments. The journey has not been an easy one but greater still it reignited the debate for teaching Black History which is intrinsically linked to British History as a main stream subject in schools.
Patrick Vernon said:
“It’s been 17 years in the making of this book and the response has been fantastic. I hope the book will educate, inform and celebrate the achievements of Black people in Britain. This is even more important in the context of Black Lives Matter.”
The foreword is written by David Olusoga and the book includes some new names and portraits. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said:
‘I am delighted to see the relaunch of 100 Great Black Britons [campaign]. For too long the contribution of Britons of African and Caribbean heritage have been underestimated, undervalued and overlooked’
100 Great Black Britons is an invaluable reference source. For more details and to see a list of the names who made it into the 2020 book click here
The book will be available to purchase from 24th September and we all look forward to seeing who has been voted the Greatest Black Briton.