The UK charity Black Heroes Foundation shone a spotlight on the lives and achievements of women of colour in a charity event on 30 October.
The London’s Greatest Women of Colour event highlighted those women who had a significant impact on black culture. Ground-breakers, such as Connie Mark, Claudia Jones and Mary Seacole, were lauded and applauded for their achievements.
Guests from around the world—including the High Commissioner of Jamaica—enjoyed an evening filled with traditional soul food, live music from artists like reggae artist Lloyd Brown, and diverse talks about London’s black women.
The event was organised to raise funds in order to bring back the Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame inspired show at the Hackney Empire Theatre in October 2019.
“This show was about celebrating our history and actually talking about and giving people information about our great historians, scientists, about our great entertainers and sportsmen,” said Joyce Fraser, founder of the Black Heroes Foundation.
The Black Heroes show, created in 1987 as a community project, became very popular and was even taken abroad to Jamaica and United States, where it won many awards including the Spirit of Detroit.
“It went into the penitentiary in Chicago and the in-mates cried because they didn’t know their history,” added Fraser.
The BHF was created in the memory of Peter Randolph Fraser, known as “Flip Fraser,” who was the creator of the Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame show. Fraser was also the first editor of The Voice, the only British national black weekly newspaper still operating in the United Kingdom.
The charity’s main focus is to develop awareness regarding black culture, as well as provide cultural and artistic initiatives in the community.
BHF is encouraging anyone who is interested in learning more about significant people of colour and black culture to contact them or attend one of their Soul Food Cafe events, which take place on the last Thursday of every month at Leilani Restaurant & Ashanti Restaurant in London.