Alexander Crummell was an African-American Episcopalian minister, scholar, and educator, and was the first known Black person to get a degree from Cambridge University.
Described by many of his peers as the “uncrowned king of West Africa”, Casely Hayford was a lawyer, educator, journalist and politician most known for his contributions to the theory of Pan-Africanism.
Lt. David Louis Clemetson was the first Black officer commissioned by the British Army.
Gloria Cumper (née Carpenter) was Cambridge’s first Black female graduate and a pioneer who helped bring legal change to the Caribbean.
Born Barrington John Reckord in 1926, Kingston Jamaica, “Barry” was a Jamaican playwright who is recognised as one of the earliest Caribbean writers to contribute to British theatre.
A prominent Judge, Musa Haji Deria Mohamed served as Attorney-General of the Somali Republic from 1970 to 1976, working to fuse the traditional Somali law system with elements of western legal systems.
Diane Julie Abbott is both the first black woman ever elected to the UK Parliament and the longest-serving black MP in the House of Commons.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. is an American literary critic, professor, historian, filmmaker who has made waves in the field of academia.
Professor Ato Quayson was the first African director of the Centre for African Studies in Cambridge and the first Black scholar to have gained full tenure at the University.