Greater Manchester Chamber has been celebrating Black History Month by highlighting influential black leaders who have made history, and who continue to make history in our city region. Chamber staff have also contributed over the month by writing about people who have inspired them.
Here we review all the figures who have been featured over the past month:
- Edward T Nelson - one of the first black barristers in England - read more here.
- Lemn Sissay MBE - world-renowned author and broadcaster - read more here.
- Sir William Arthur Lewis - the first black lecturer in the UK and the first black person to win a Nobel Prize - read more here.
- Marcus Rashford MBE - professional footballer and campaigner read more here.
- Muhammad Ali - boxing legend - read more here.
- Arthur Wharton - the world's first black professional footballer - read more here.
- Professor Erinma Bell MBE - peace activist - read more here.
- Madame C.J. Walker - entrepreneur, philanthropist and self-made millionaire - read more here.
- Louise Da Cocodia MBE - the first black senior nursing officer in Manchester - read more here.
- Yomi Mambu - the first black person to hold the title of Lord Mayor in England - read more here.
- Hidden Figures - a film about a team of female African-American mathematicians who played a significant part in NASA during the US space programme - read more here.