THIS OCTOBER, Instagram will shine a light on what people in its community think it means to be black, British and proud. The social media platform is introducing a new campaign, #ShareBlackStories, inviting members of the black community to share stories of the people who inspire them the most.
The social media platform is joining forces with some of Britain’s most iconic voices who will take to the gram and share their profile with someone who has influenced them, or someone they think will influence the next generation.
As a platform with community at its heart, Instagram is hoping #ShareBlackStories will be a positive contribution to Black History Month and kick start a digital archive of modern stories to inspire a new generation of British black teens for years to come.
To mark the coming of the campaign, we joined forces with Instagram to share the stories of the people we believe deserve a moment in the limelight and have listed below some of our favourite black British heroes:
“Kenlock is an iconic photographer who documented the Windrush Generation in such a beautiful way. His photography allow me as a younger person to witness the lived experiences of my grandparents and understand what life was like for them when they came to the UK from the good, the bad and the ugly.”
Leah Sinclair, Online Editor
Sam Beaver King OBE
“My favourite British black hero is Sam King MBE and he was with us from 1926 to 29016. He came to England as a RAF engineer during the second world war. After the war he returned to Jamaica as most people did and he then came back to England found work here but what I love is that he set up the Windrush Foundation as a way of preserving the legacy and he also worked with Arthur Torrington to produce a book that goes into detail about his experiences and challenges he went through.”
Garfield Robinson, Senior Advertising Manager
“My black British hero is Ian Wright. He overcame a lot of adversity and challenges.He is a great example of a character that never gives up and achieves their goals, and is an inspiration to many of us.”
Yemi Williams, Advertiser
“Shelly Ann-Pryce is an inspiration and I have a lot of respect for her. She has essentially done what Usain Bolt did without half of the praise and attention and I think it’s great to see that she’s now getting her props. She’s truly breaking barriers and is the definition of #BlackGirlMagic.”
Joel Campbell, Entertainment Editor
“He has an amazing story of resilience and triumph over adversity. He was sold into slavery at an early age and overcame that, fought against it and had a real impact. It’s for no small reason that he is called one of Britain’s first black political leaders.”
Vic Motune, News Editor
Celebrate Black History Month with us and Instagram, check out #ShareBlackStories to share your story