Norma Best

Norma Best

profiles In 1944, Britain appealed to her colonies for assistance and one of the smallest was British Honduras (now Belize) responded. Norma Best (nee Leacock) was among those who volunteered. She was 20 years old, at the time.   With five other Auxiliary Territorial...
Cy Grant

Cy Grant

profiles Cy was born in British Guiana (now Guyana) and was 22 years of age in 1941 when he volunteered to join the Royal Air Force. Two years later, he was commissioned, thus becoming one of the few Black Officers in the RAF. During World War 2, he flew on operations...
Dudley Anderson

Dudley Anderson

profiles Dudley Anderson was born in Jamaica in 1925, and like many other young men in 1944 he volunteered to join the Royal Air Force. He travelled to England, trained, and served as a Medical Orderly. Before being demobbed, he took a bookkeeping and typing course at...
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...