Black History Month
Black History Month takes place in the UK between Tuesday 1st October 2019 and Thursday 31st October 2019 and celebrates the achievements and accomplishments of black people in the UK. From educational talks and food festivals the month is filled with events celebrating African and Caribbean cultures and histories.
We are privileged to work with a number of speakers who have achieved incredible things in their career, and these are just a few examples of speakers who could be of interest if you are planning any events in connection with Black History Month.
Kanya King MBE is the founder of the MOBO Awards. While working as a TV researcher, Kanya noticed the massive gap in the market for a mainstream British awards ceremony celebrating music influenced and inspired by black music. To get the event off the ground she decided to re-mortgage her own house to fund the TV production and using all of her persuasion skills got Carlton TV (ITV London) to broadcast it – all inside six weeks. MOBO is now a globally respected brand and is a champion for diversity and inclusion.
Tessa Sanderson CBE competed in 6 Olympic Games winning Gold in 1984. Awarded the MBE, CBE and OBE for her charity work and contribution to sport, she still remains the only British female athlete to win Gold in a throwing discipline at the Olympics. Tessa has worked for Sport England and now runs her own sporting academy encouraging youngsters to get involved in sport.
John Amaechi – John played college basketball at Vanderbilt and Penn State, and professional basketball in the National Basketball Association. In 2007 became the first former NBA player to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality and is considered one of the world’s most high-profile gay athletes.His memoir “Man in the Middle” was a New York Times bestseller. John appears regularly as a pundit for CNN, MSNBC, CBC, and the BBC. He has also appeared on shows like BBC Breakfast, The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Oprah and many more.
Dame Kelly Holmes – Double Olympic Champion Dame Kelly Holmes is one of the UK’s most famous athletes, respected throughout the world as a role model and an inspiration. Setting and holding the British record in the 600m, 800m and 1000m, Dame Kelly Holmes is an Olympic, Commonwealth and European champion that has achieved seven Gold, eight Silver and four Bronze medals throughout her career. This includes her double win in the 800m and 1500m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, becoming the first Briton in over 80 years to do so. Dame Kelly Holmes founded the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, a UK youth sports charity which supports 11-25 year-olds who are harder to engage in both education and the community.
These are just a few of the inspirational speakers we work with and if you have any events in mind and would like to know more please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org