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Black History Month – three trailblazers to watch

‘Black history affects all of us – it is British history.’ – David Olusoga

For Black History Month we’re taking a moment to reflect on three black voices who are creating ripples with their commitment to social and political justice. Through their activism, the three figures are tackling real-world problems across their distinct fields. 

Meet Lavinya Stennett  

Lavinya Stennett is a 23-year-old who founded the Black Curriculum, a social enterprise that is on a mission to address the lack of Black British history in the UK curriculum. Inspired by the aim to revamp the UK curriculum, Stennett’s organisation has managed to train over 3,300 teachers, and reach over 3,500 students.  

Lavinya wants… 

Education to be central in creating an inclusive environment.   

Black history to be taught year-round.  

Meet Alexandra Wilson  

Alexandra Wilson is a barrister, author & campaigner who’s breaking barriers in the legal profession, for young black professionals. After her own experience of being mistaken for a defendant, she sparked debate about how black professionals are viewed. Since then, she started Black Women in Law to create a space to unite black women and co-founded One Case At A time, an organisation that helps minorities through the legal process.  

Alexandra wants… 

A more equitable justice system for minorities 

For more diversity in the legal system  

Andy Davis  

Andy Davis is an investor and entrepreneur who also leads the 10×10 Fund which has a commitment to invest in exceptional black founders. Andy is lobbying for European investing to be more inclusive by providing networking support to up and coming black founders. Davis is committed to helping minority founders which often go unnoticed by investors.  

Andy wants… 

Equal opportunities for minority founders  

To move forward to a culture of black founders and investors  

If you’re interested in finding out some more about Black History, take a look at ‘Black and British: A Forgotten History’ by David Olusoga, which reveals an overlooked and often forgotten part of black Britain and ‘Grand Union’ by Zadie Smith, that focuses on time, place, identity and rebirth. 

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