Lewis Hamilton named the most influential black person in the UK


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Lewis Hamilton tops the British Powerlist 2021, a list of the 100 most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage in the United Kingdom.

The Powerlist is published in book format by Powerful Media, every year since 2007. For 2021 the list focused on the people who were influential in the fight against racial injustice and COVID-19.

“The judges actually wanted to make it clear this year’s top 10 was quite deliberately different from years in the past,” said chief executive of Powerful Media Michael Eboda.

“I think in the past it has been a lot more corporate- and business-focused, whereas this year it was about the two main issues that have affected black communities globally, which are Covid and Black Lives Matter.”

Lewis Hamilton acknowledged what a huge honour this is for him.

“Everyone on this list is so inspiring and leading in their own industry,” said the Briton.

“I’m honestly thrilled to be mentioned alongside them.”

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This year, the list included more sports personalities and celebrities, a departure from previous years when it focused on more “normal” career paths.

“We are acknowledging bravery here as well,” continued Eboda.

“These are people who haven’t been afraid to speak out. You’ve got Stormzy, who – it’s unheard of – I mean, he gives away scholarships for kids to go to Cambridge.

“You’ve got Lewis Hamilton, he can talk comfortably about diversity in his sport.”

The 2021 Powerlist Top 10
  1. Lewis Hamilton MBE – seven-time Formula One world champion.
  2. Prof Kevin Fenton – regional director, PHE London.
  3. Stormzy – grime artist, philanthropist.
  4. Michaela Coel – actor, screenwriter, director.
  5. Edward Enninful OBE – editor-in-chief, British Vogue.
  6. Dame Donna Kinnair – chief executive and general secretary, Royal College of Nursing.
  7. Jacqueline McKenzie – director at Centre for Migration Advice and Research and McKenzie, Beute and Pope.
  8. David Olusoga – historian, joint creative director of Uplands Television.
  9. Afua Hirsch – journalist, author, broadcaster.
  10. Richard Iferenta – partner and vice-chair, KPMG.

Source: The Guardian

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