Sophia A Jackson said: “I am both honoured and humbled to be featured amongst so many other men and women from the black community who I admire and am inspired by. Thank you to Lorna Stewart and the team for all their hard work in putting this exhibition together and to Chantell Graham for nominating me. It is wonderful to be part of an historical project”.
The founder of Afridiziak Theatre News was chosen for being an inspirational figure in the world for her online publication: http://www.afridiziak.com/theatrenews She was invited to have her portrait taken by a professional photographer together with other achievers from the world of politics, sport, business, religion, media, entertainment, music, education, creative arts, and community support. The image is complimented by a brief biography about her personal achievements, and forms part of this inspirational exhibition.
A private view was held on October 11, 2010 as an integral part of Sir Steve Bullock, The Honourable Mayor of Lewisham’s launch of Lewisham’s Black History and Heritage programme at Lewisham Town Hall in Catford, London. The event included a key note address from Jamaican High Commissioner His Excellency Anthony Johnson. It was an ideal opportunity for those included in this year’s exhibition to network as they viewed their photographs for the first time.
With the exception of the images of Black 100+ founder Lorna Stewart and project coordinator Dennis Brown, the photographs were all taken by Ayo Banton during a VIP/celebrity photo shoot and buffet reception held on July 3, 2010 at Manor House in Lee.
At the private view, participants in the 2010 Exhibition, signed the Black 100+ Legacy Book of Achievers and this artefact will be a permanent historical record for future generations.
Black 100+ also has future plans to publish The Book of Inspirational Words for young people. Once published this book will be widely available to purchase as an ideal gift to inspire young people and provide them with examples of excellence from within their own community.
Here are some of the other people featured in this year’s exhibition: Lauren Craig, Thinking Flowers?; Rosemary Laryea, Colourful Radio; Sonia Meggie, Harmony Productions; Kay Oldroyd, Black Youth Achievement Awards; Barbara Campbell, Black Heritage Today; Sola Oyebade, Top Models of Colour; Lorlett Hudson, One Hand Can’t Clap, Mavis Amankwah, Rich Visions; Janelle Oswald, celebrity news journalist and photographer; Comfort Cydelle, OnIT PR; Floetic Lara, singer and spoken word artist; Neil Mayers, Gifted at Primary and Charles Thompson, Screen Nation awards.
Background on the Black 100+ exhibition
The Black 100+ Project and Lewisham Local Authority would like to mark the first decade of this millennium with a historic photographic record of black achievement in modern Britain.
Those selected were invited to be featured in this amazing exhibition designed to inspire young people to excel and create a legacy for future generations, by highlighting your individual success and your valuable contributions to society.
Created by Lorna Stewart, The Black 100+ Exhibition was officially opened in 2007 by His Excellency The Rt. Hon. Burchelle Whiteman OJ, High Commissioner of Jamaica along with actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah and councillor Mackie Sheik Deputy Mayor of Southwark. Participants included a range of VIPs, celebrities, well known personalities and members of the general public such as; Lenny Henry, Baroness Lola Young, Rudolph Walker, and many others.
In its first year, The Exhibition was visited by over 3,000 people and was supported by interactive workshops about black history, inspiring children and young people, and professional development for entrepreneurs. It was heralded as a major success, with recognition on TV, radio and in print media.
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Team Black 100+
Black 100+, Founder
Black 100+, Project Manager
Black 100+, Project Co-ordinator