Black role models

Local black people who have helped enrich the lives of young children and their families.

The headteacher raising achievement for black Caribbean pupils in Lambeth

Andrea Parker's primary school teacher inspired her to aim high.

Her hard-working mum echoed those sentiments. But she knows that lots of pupils aren't lucky enough to have the same experience.

Now she's working with schools across Lambeth to diversify their curricula – and win the hearts and minds of children who have been underachieving.

The headteacher raising achievement for black Caribbean pupils in Lambeth

The first black professor at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital

Professor Eugene Oteng-Ntim has delivered over 2,000 healthy and happy babies.

Eugene's remarkable story includes an incredible twist during his childhood. The experience of the family member, at the heart of this story, continues to inspire him to give the very best of care to mothers and babies.

The first black professor at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital

Founder of the 100 Great Black Britons campaign

Patrick Vernon's 100 Great Black Britons Campaign has been a huge success. 

He started the campaign in 2003 – asking the public to vote for the black Briton they most admired. British-Jamaican nurse, Mary Seacole, topped the poll.

As a result, the government added a number of black historical figures to the national curriculum. Statues appeared in their honour.

Patrick has since relaunched the campaign and with it a new book.

Founder of the 100 Great Black Britons campaign

Editor of the UK's first black girls' magazine

Serlina Boyd wanted to boost her daughter's confidence.

Faith was feeling down about her appearance. 

Serlina tried to buy her a magazine of other girls that looked like her.

But there weren't any. So Serlina and Faith decided to make one. Cocoa Girl was born.

Editor of the UK's first black girls' magazine

England's first Chief Midwifery Officer

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent has reached the very top of her profession.

Learn how she's leading on improving care for women before, during and after birth.

England's first Chief Midwifery Officer

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