Black History

Black Heroes Foundation

Celebrating Black Heroes

The Black Heroes Foundation’s celebration of Black Heroes past and present that have shaped and are shaping our history and future.

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr
Martin Luther King © Unseen Histories
I have a Dream Martin Luther King’s Speech on August 28, 1963. Washington, D.C.

Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole Black Heroes
Mary Seacole© National Geographic
Nursing the needy during outbreaks of diseases and injured soldiers

Sam King

Sam Beaver King MBE (20 February 1926 – 17 June 2016)
Sam King MBE © Postal Museum
Sam Beaver King MBE (20 February 1926 – 17 June 2016)

Margaret Yvonne Busby

Margaret Yvonne Busby
Margaret Busby © Wikipedia
Myriad (publishers) deems Margaret Busby as a major cultural figure in Britain and around the world.

Elizabeth Anionwu

Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu
Elizabeth Anionwu ©
UK’s first sickle cell and thalassaemia nurse specialist and Campaigner for a statue of Mary Seacole.

Ronke Phillips

Reporter Ronke Phillips
© Ronke Phillips @ronkephillips

Journalist and news reporter


Nadine White

Nadine White
Nadine White © Guardian
Reporting issues on racism and social affairs

J S Celestine Edwards

J S Celestine Edwards
J S Celestine Edwards​ ©
First known British black newspaper editor

Professor Shirley Thompson

Professor Shirley Thompson
Professor Shirley Thompson © Black British Academics
Composer, conductor and violinist

Nanny of the Maroons

Queen Nanny of the Maroons
Queen Nanny of the Maroons © @blkwomenradical
Freedom fighter and leader of the maroons

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman by H Seymour Squyer
Harriet Tubman by H Seymour Squyer © @wikipedia
Leading abolitionist of slavery

Samuel Sharpe

Samuel Sharpe
Samuel Sharpe © @insidejourneys
Instrumental in the abolition of slavery

Marcus Rashford

Marcus Rashford MBE
Marcus Rashford © @wikipedia
English Professional footballer and campaigner

Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Marcus Mosiah Garvey​
Marcus Mosiah Garvey​ © @wikipedia

Pan African sympathies

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela 1994
Nelson Mandela​ © @wikipedia

Ended apartheid in South Africa

Rosa Park

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks
Louise McCauley

Civil rights activist

Lenford Kwesi Garrison

Lenford Kwesi Garrison​
Lenford Kwesi Garrison​ © @wikipedia
Historian and educationist

Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu © @wikipedia
South African’s Human Rights activist against apartheid

Malorie Blackman

malorie blackman obe writer
malorie blackman © @malorieblackman

Famous children’s author

John Richard Archer

John Richard Archer​
John Archer​ © @wikipedia

The first Black Mayor in London, Battersea

Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah
Benjamin Zephaniah © @wikipedia
Poetry, author, broadcaster and academic

Mary Prince

Mary Prince British abolitionist and autobiographer
Mary Prince © @thepigeonhole

An abolitionist and author

George Padmore

George Padmore Malcolm Ivan Meredith Nurse
George Padmore © @wikipedia
Pan-African theorist

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Elaine Campbell
Naomi Campbell © @wikipedia

Model and philanthropist

Bernadine Evaristo

Bernadine Anne Mobolaji Evaristo​
Bernadine Evaristo​ © @wikipedia

Writer and poet

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason​ Musician
Sheku Kanneh-Mason​ © @theguardian

First Black musician to win the BBC Young Musician competition

Simon Woolley

Simon Wooley of Woodford
Simon Woolley © @wikipedia

Campaigning for political and social equality

Harold Moody

Harold Moody Athlete 1950
Harold Moody © @wikipedia

Humanitarian and civil rights activist

Patrick Vernon

Patrick Vernon OBE
Patrick Vernon © @patrickvernon

Political activist, cultural historian and Windrush campaigner

Iman Bowie

Iman Bowie Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid
Iman Bowie © @wikipedia

Supermodel, cosmetics and charity work

Carter Woodson

Carter G Woodson Phd
Carter Woodson © @wikipedia

Father of USA Black History Month, author, editor, publisher and historian.

Chi-Chi Nwanoku

Chi-Chi Nwanoku​ OBE, FRAM, HonFTL
Chi-Chi Nwanoku​ © @Chi-ChiNwanoku​

Musician and academic

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