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Liverpool slavery museum adds new black achievers to gallery

LEGACY: The black achievers wall at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool (Image: Redman Design/ International Slavery Museum)

THE INTERNATIONAL Slavery Museum in Liverpool has announced it is adding three new black achievers to its legacy gallery.

A statement on the museum’s website said: “This popular exhibit celebrates the many different forms of achievement by people of African descent. The connection is that to reach their goals, to achieve in their field, they have in their own way broken barriers, put their heads above the parapet, taken risks, led the way. They have and do inspire.

“The three new additions were nominated by Uniglobal members, a global trade union representing 20 million working people in 13 sectors of work around the world, with whom we work closely. We proudly celebrate our black achievers.”

The three new additions are Bernie Grant, Gloria Mills and Rev Dr William J Barber II.

Grant, a trade unionist born in Guyana, became the leader of Haringey Council in 1985, making him the first person to hold such a role in Europe. He was elected as the MP for Tottenham in 1987 and was an advocate for

Mills is one of Britain’s leading trade unionists and the first black female president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC). She has campaigned against discrimination of all kinds and has worked to change the

Barber is a former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s North Carolina chapter. He is a dedicated advocate for the the rights of African Americans and other marginalised groups in America.

The museum’s legacy gallery explores the racism and discrimination faced by black people and the achievements and spirit of people of African origin who helped make the Americas and Europe what it is today.

The black achievers wall celebrates inspirational figures from the African diaspora. Grant, Mills and Barber will join Mary Seacole, Muhammad Ali, Kelly Holmes and more on the wall.

People can nominate black achievers to be added to the wall by completing this form on the museum’s website.

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