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100 Great Black Britons


Patrick Vernon

100 Great Black Britons & The Windrush Scandal


Patrick Vernon’s landmark 100 Great Black Britons campaign of 2003 was one of the most successful movements to focus on the role of people of African and Caribbean descent in British history. Frustrated by the widespread and continuing exclusion of the black British community from the mainstream popular conception of ‘Britishness’, despite black people having lived in Britain for over a thousand years, Patrick set up a public poll in which anyone could vote for the black Briton they most admired. The book has been updated for 2020.


Since 2010 Patrick has been leading the campaign for Windrush Day and in 2018 kick started the campaign for an amnesty for the Windrush Generation as part of the Windrush Scandal.

Commissioned by cultural solutions UK as part of the Windrush Day 2020 celebrations and Black History Month 2020 -

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