Jocelyn Barrow

Jocelyn Barrow

community champion Postgraduate studies in education brought me to England in 1959. I had been very active politically in Trinidad as a member of the People’s National Movement since its formation, and was researching why secondary schools in Trinidad were under...
Sonia Brown

Sonia Brown

community champion I am a businesswoman, entrepreneur and social networker, and founded theNational Black Women’s Network (NBWN) in 1999 as a non-profit organisation, dedicated to raising the status and position of black women in all walks of life. From its humble...
Harry Cumberbatch

Harry Cumberbatch

community champions In 1964 I was recruited in Barbados by London Transport to work on the buses, after some preparation I arrived at Bow bus garage in East London during the summer of that year. I had previously worked in the merchant navy as a seaman and had...
Oku Ekpenyon

Oku Ekpenyon

community champion As a former head of history at an inner London secondary school and having taught for 20 years, I was aware of the curriculum’s constraints and the fact that the presence of black people in Britain was not appreciated, and that their contributions...
Sam King

Sam King

community champion Born in Jamaica in 1926, Samuel King worked with his father on the family farm with every intention of eventually taking over after his dad retired. When war was declared, he was a schoolboy interested in everything that was going on in Britain and...
Sybil Phoenix

Sybil Phoenix

community champion I am a woman of faith, and a Christian who believes strongly in ‘service’ to others; it has been a normal practice during my early days in British Guiana (now Guyana). My mother died when I was nine years of age. As my father worked in the quarries...