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What Event or Item is the Most Iconic Black or Asian Heritage contribution to the UK since 1900 to the Present Day ?
Black History Month UK

Black History Month (BHM) in the UK has been running for the past 30 years, it has played a key role in recognising the value of living and working in multi-cultural Britain. The aim of BHM is to raise awareness of 500 years of Black History in the UK, highlighting the many positive Black contributions to British society, and the heighten confidence and awareness of Black people in their cultural heritage.

Empire Windrush

Empire Windrush is best remembered today for bringing one of the first large groups of post-war West Indian immigrants to the United Kingdom after World War II at the invitation of the British Goverment. They are sometimes referred to as the Windrush generation. In 2006, the Empire Windrush made it into the Top 20 A Portrait of England List as voted for people across the country. The list celebrated icons of England.

The Curry Dish

The UK has adopted curry as a "national dish", with more than 9,000 Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi restaurants and the creation of British-Asian dishes such as chicken tikka masala and balti, according to the National Curry Week website which says about 23 million people eat curry regularly. In 2006, the Curry Dish made it into the Top 20 A Portrait of England List as voted for people across the country. The list celebrated icons of England.

The Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that has taken place in London since 1966 on the streets of Notting Hill, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, each August over two days (the August bank holiday Monday and the preceding Sunday). The Carnival attracts around one million people annually, making it one of the world's largest street festivals, and a significant event in Black British culture

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What is the most significant event that has impacted on race relations in the UK?
The Arrival of HM Windrush- 22nd June 1948

500 West Indians arrived at Tilbury in 1948 -the start of significant post war migration from Africa and the Carribean. Today there are over 1.6 million residents of Afro-carribean descent in England


The Murder of Kelso Cochrane -17th May 1959

The racist murder of Kelso Cochrane shook the nation and reverberated around the Commonwealth.Cochrane's murder is thought to have led to a decline in support for British nationalism


The Grunwick Dispute -20th August 1976

A group of South Asian women took to the streets in revolt at poor working conditions led by the extraordinary woman, Jayaben Desai. Trade Unions previously seen as hostile to immigrant workers , rallied round the Grunwick workers and the dispute changed the perception of immigrants in the work force.


The Murder of Stephen Lawrence -22 April 1993

The racist murdr of 19 year old, Stephen Lawrence became one of the highest profile racial killings in UK history. Its fallout included profound cultural changes to attitudes on racism, to the law and police practice and the partial revocation of double jeopardy laws.


Who is the Best Cricketer of Asian Descent to have played for England ?
Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi

1928-146 - Oxford, Worcestershire, Southern Punjab, & England



1924-1931 - Sussex, Cambridge University,Hindus & England


Nasser Hussain

1987-2004 - Essex & England


K.S. Ranjitsinhji

1893-1920 -Cambridge University, London County,Sussex & England


Who is Britain's Best Ever Asian Boxer(all formats)?
Naseem Hamed

Former WBO, WBC, IBF, and Lineal featherweight champion, and European bantamweight champion


Jawaid Khaliq MBE

Former International Boxing Organization (IBO) welterweight Champion,Commonwealth welterweight title, WBF Inter-Continental Light Middleweight Champion


Amir Khan

Former two time world champion WBA (Super) and IBF Light Welterweight  Champion


Imran Khan

Two time KickBoxing World Champion, Three time European Champion and Three time British Champion 


Who is Britain's best ever Black Footballer ?
Viv Anderson

Played 1974 - 1995 Defender.Nottingham Forsest, Arsenal, Man Utd, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, Middlesbough & England


John Barnes

Played 1981 - 1999 Midfield, Watford, Liverpool, Newcastle, Charlton & England


Walter Tull

Played 1908 -1914 Wing Half, Tottenham Hospurs, Northanptiom


Arthur Wharton

Played 1885 - 1902 Goalkeeper, Darlington, Preston, Sheffield United, Stockport County


Who is the best Black Female Athlete to have represented Great Britain ?
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill OBE

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE is a retired British track and field athlete from England, specialising in multi-eventing disciplines . As a competitor in heptathlon, she is the 2012 Olympic champion, a three-time world champion (2009, 2011, 2015). She is also the 2010 world indoor pentathlon champion.


Dame Kelly Holmes, OBE

Dame Kelly Holmes, DBE (born 19 April 1970) is a retired British middle distance athlete. Holmes specialised in the 800 metres and 1500 metres events and won a gold medal for both distances at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. She set British records in numerous events and still holds the records over the 600, 800 and 1000 metre distances.


Christine Ohuruogu MBE

Christine Ijeoma Ohuruogu, MBE is a British track and field athlete who specialises in the 400 metres, the event for which she is a former Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion. The Olympic champion in 2008, she is a double World Champion, having won the 400m at the 2007 and 2013 World Championships.


"Tessa" Sanderson CBE

Theresa Ione "Tessa" Sanderson, CBE is a retired English former javelin thrower and heptathlete. A six-time Olympian in the javelin (1976–1996), she won the gold medal in 1984 for Great Britain, and in 1996 she became the second track and field athlete to compete at six Olympics.She is one of only five women in history to have thrown the javelin (old model) over 73 metres. She was the first black British woman to have won an Olympic gold medal