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30 September 2003
are the 100 Greatest Black Britons?
search for the 100 Greatest Black Britons is launched with a debate
at City Hall hosted by the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on Wednesday
1st October 2003. The 100 Greatest campaign is the concept of Patrick
Vernon, founder of the cultural website Every Generation (www.everygeneration.co.uk).
Vernon said: The aim of 100 Great Black Britons is to educate
all cultures and to impress upon people the rich and diverse historical
background of Black Britain. This event reflects and showcases the
positive black culture and history, which is often overlooked and
event is part of the Mayors Black History Month celebrations programme.
During the evening guests will put forward the argument for their
the launch, the search for the 100 greatest will be opened up to
the general public. People can cast their votes by logging onto
The voting process will take place from 1st October 2003 - 1st January
website will include lists of possible nominees for guidance. Among
the names the public can vote for are Ms Dynamite, Mary Seacole,
Denise Lewis, Sir Trevor McDonald, and Olaudah Equiano. The list
will be a culmination of not only the historical talents of the
past but an opportunity to celebrate current and well-known black
Mayor said: This list will highlight the historical and present
day contributions to our society from many exceptional Black Britons.
London in particular has been developed and enriched culturally
by British Black people for thousands of years. This is a great
opportunity to pay tribute to a host of eminent, hard working people.
final results will be announced in February to coincide with Black
History Month in America 2004. There will be an awards ceremony
for the winners in the different categories.
further information or to arrange interviews please call Rachelle
Laurence on 020 7983 4068 / 07771 814478 or Ben McKnight on 020
Black is defined as individuals who are from Africa, the Diaspora
(Caribbean, America, South America, Oceania, and Europe) and of
Vote online www.100greatblackbritons.com.
Or telephone 0901 0233330 please note that this is a premium rate
number and all calls are charged at 25p per minute.
Voters (over the age of 18) will have the chance to enter a competition
to win a trip for two to the Gambia. There is also a special Schools
competition. For more details visit www.100greatblackbritons.com.
Every Generation (www.everygeneration.co.uk)
is a dedicated website and resource aimed at the black community
and mainstream bodies on history, heritage and family genealogy.
Every Generation is a winner of the 2003 CRE Race in the Media Award
for best website. The founder Patrick Vernon received double Windrush
Award for 2003 for Professional Achievement and Community Champion.
are independent organisations and are not affiliated with the Greater
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