Chamber Celebrates Greater Manchester’s Black History and Culture

Date: 13/10/2021
Author: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Company: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with Google Arts & Culture to highlight black history and culture.

The Black and British project records the contribution of inspirational black people in every walk of life from sport and entertainment to politics and science.

Lewis Crowe, Head of Membership & Commercial at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are very proud to be part of this project with Google Arts & Culture. Greater Manchester has been home to a number of black pioneers, including the first black Nobel Prize winner, the world’s first black professional footballer and England’s first black Lord Mayor.

“As well as celebrating these historical figures, we also highlight the black entrepreneurs, musicians and community leaders of today.

“Some of the people we feature, such as Marcus Rashford, will be familiar names, but there are others whose contribution isn’t so well-known and we hope this project will go some way to giving them the wider recognition they deserve.”

Those featured in the Chamber’s contribution to the Black and British project include:

  • Sir William Arthur Lewis - the first black person to win a Nobel Prize
  • Yomi Mambu - the first black Lord Mayor in England
  • Arthur Wharton - the world’s first black professional footballer
  • Louise Da Cocodia MBE - the first black senior nursing officer in Manchester

Explore the full Black and British hub on Google Arts & Culture at You can find Manchester’s inspirational figures here under the ‘Spotlight on Manchester’ heading.

About Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture puts the collections of more than 2,000 museums at your fingertips. It’s an immersive way to explore art, history and the wonders of the world, from Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings to the women’s rights movement and the Taj Mahal. The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available online for iOS and Android. The team has been an innovation partner for cultural institutions since 2011. Google Arts & Culture develops technologies that help preserve and share culture and allow curators to create engaging exhibitions online and offline.