Hall of Fame

Showcasing our amazing and inspiring students, alumni and staff! They will be featured online and on digital screens across campuses as part of our Black History Hall of Fame project, we will empower our community and celebrate the incredible achievements of our Black students, alumni and staff. How is works:

1. Nominate a friend, colleague, family member, or other inspiring Exeter student/alumni by sending their name and email address to bhm@exeterguild.com, you can also nominate yourself.

2. We contact the nominee and ask them if they would like to be featured on Guild social media/around digital screens on campuses for Black History Month.

3. We feature their photo and a short bio of their achievements online and around campuses!’

Neil Kenlock

Since moving to Britain from Jamaica in 1963, Neil Kenlock has been at the forefront of documenting the black experience in the UK. As a photographer, he became renowned for images celebrating the culture and lifestyle of the UK's Jamaican community. He was the official photographer for the UK Black Panther movement, producing powerful portraits of prominent campaigners and protests. He was also a staff photographer for the first national black newspaper - West Indian World. Later, he co-founded Choice FM, the first radio station devoted to playing music of black origin.


Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr., known professionally as Stormzy, was the first black British solo artist to headline Glastonbury. For black millennials in urban areas, he might be the definitive spokesperson. His success and the wider success of grime represents empowerment and equality. It puts Stormzy at the centre of a united community, drawing together people of different ages, genders and ethnicities.

Nina Simone

"To me, we are the most beautiful creatures in the whole world - black people. And I mean that in every sense, outside and inside". Eunice Kathleen Waymon, known professionally as Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights, activist. Her music spanned a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Nina Simone was much more than a smoky-toned jazz and blues singer. Through her life and music, she epitomized the essence of the black American - and especially the black female - experience.

James bawldin

Baldwin broke new literary ground with the exploration of racial and social issues in his many works. He was especially known for his essays on the black experience in America. Baldwin's novels and plays fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration of not only African Americans, but also gay and bisexual men, while depicting some internalized obstacles to such individuals' quests for acceptance.

Floella Benjamin 

Floella has many significant achievements to her name having been the UK’s first black bank manager at the age of 16 – going on to change her career to become a highly successful actress, presenter, writer, award-winning independent producer, politician and an active advocate for the well-being, care and education of children throughout the world. In 2006, Floella became the first Afro-Caribbean woman Chancellor in the UK at the University of Exeter and in 2010 she became the first Trinidadian woman to become a Baroness in the House of Lords where speaks on children’s, diversity and media issues.

Professor Olivette Otele

Professor Otele is in the history department at Bath Spa University, she is Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society, and she is the first black woman to be appointed to a Professional Chair in History the UK. Professor Otele's research on European colonial and post-colonial history is internationally recognised, and her distinguished career is an inspiration to many historians

Melissa Viviane Jefferson, known professionally as Lizzo

Melissa Viviane Jefferson, known professionally as Lizzo: ‘If I'm shinin', everybody gonna shine (yeah, I'm goals)’. Lizzo is a wonderful example of black excellence- talented, thoughtful, considerate and FIERCE! I love that she is a role model for all people, inspiriung us all to live our best lives and to take the world by storm! If you didn’t know, now you know…you are 100% that B****.

Nasara Al-Hassan

Nasara Al-HassanNasara’s significant participation in Exeter’s BAME Law Initiative by hosting the ‘BAME in Law’ event, along with creating and partnering with the Student guild on the first ever Black History Month campaign on campus, and her strong participation in We Are All Exeter two years in a row did not go unrecognised by the Uni. Nasara also hosted the windrush generation event, culture shock etc. Winning the Oustanding contribution to equality and diversity award. Recently Nasara has also set up NGO in Ghana which provides stationary, meals and clothes to children aged 12-18.

Check back soon for further updates or nominate by emailing bhm@exeterguild.com

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