Wolverhampton TUC is currently working with Wolverhampton Council to get a copy in each school and library in Wolverhampton.
100 Great Black Britons by Patrick Vernon and Dr Angelina Osborne celebrates the continued legacy and achievements of Black people in Britain. https://100greatblackbritons.com/
Patrick, who grew up in Pennfields and is now internationally known as an author, broadcaster and social commentator explains the campaign to send 100 Great Black Britons to every school.
Council and TUC bring landmark book to city’s schools and libraries
Released: Thursday 18 March, 2021
The City of Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton, Bilston and District Trades Union Council are working together to provide local schools and libraries with copies of a landmark of book which honours the remarkable achievements of Black people throughout history.
The book, 100 Great Black Britons, is written by Patrick Vernon who grew up in Pennfields, Wolverhampton and is now internationally known as an author, broadcaster and social commentator, and Dr Angelina Osborne.
It celebrates the lives, stories, achievements and contributions of key Black British individuals over history, including new role models and previously little-known figures. Among those featured are West Midlands personalities Benjamin Zephaniah, Lenny Henry and Wolverhampton’s own Beverley Knight.
Yvonne Davis, a retired primary headteacher, originally from Wolverhampton is campaigning through GoFundMe to get books into every school in Britain, and the council and TUC are in the process of purchasing a copy for each of the city's schools and libraries.
Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "100 Great Black Britons celebrates the continued legacy and achievements of Black people in Britain.
"This is a superb opportunity to support a local writer and role model while demonstrating the council's ongoing commitment to equality, diversity and the Black Lives Matter campaign.
“We hope that readers, either at school or through their local library, enjoy discovering more about each individual's contribution to British history.”
Nick Kelleher, Secretary of Wolverhampton, Bilston and District Trades Union Council, added: "100 Great Black Britons celebrates the continued legacy and achievements of Black people in Britain and given that Patrick Vernon is also a local role model, our delegates felt that this was a perfect campaign to undertake in Wolverhampton."