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Spotlight On 4 Inspiring Black British Public Speakers 🗣

As we draw to the end of Black History Month, we took some time to celebrate 4 current Black British public speakers who are inspiring us! Read on to hear why...

1) George The Poet

George The Poet, real name George Mpanga, is a London-born spoken word poet of Ugandan heritage. Doubling up as both a performer and social activist, his work addresses pressing sociopolitical issues including racism in the UK and Britain's colonial history. He famously turned down an MBE in protest of the British Empire's treatment of his ancestral homeland.

He is an incredibly compelling public speaker, who uses his words to enact change and foster solidarity.

Click here to watch George The Poet performing his poem 'My City' below!

Look out for his use of stylistic techniques that makes his speaking so engaging, including hand gestures, eye contact, rhythm and rhyme, pausing and intonation.

2) David Olusoga

David Olusoga OBE is a British historian, writer and broadcaster with Nigerian heritage, who is ranked amongst the most influential Black Britons of our time. His experiences of racist violence as a child prompted him to study the history of slavery and spotlight the topic of race in his subsequent books and documentaries.

He is an engaging television presenter, well-known for his hugely successful BBC2 series, A Black History of Britain, that documented everything from slavery to the Windrush generation.

You can click here to watch a recording of his recent lecture at the University of Manchester in celebration of Black History Month.

Watch out for his engaging use of hand gestures and his careful use of pacing and pausing, to keep his speaking interesting for his audience. Not only this, but his inclusion of personal anecdotes and experiences is effective in making his speaking more relatable.

3) Ade Adepitan

Ade Adepitan is an award-winning Nigerian-born British Paralympian and TV presenter. As an outspoken disability advocate, he is a passionate and engaging public speaker who delivers lots of motivational talks on overcoming adversity and championing better inclusion and diversity. He's known for his charismatic speaking style and use of humour to uplift his audience.

Watch this short video of Ade Adepitan talking about how he lost his legs to polio as a young boy.

4) Sir Lenny Henry

Sir Lenny Henry is a prominent British performer, writer and TV presenter with African-Caribbean roots. He is renowned for co-founding the hugely successful charity Comic Relief. He is an outspoken campaigner for greater representation of people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds within the entertainment industry.

Watch this Youtube video of Sir Lenny Henry discussing education and ambition.

Look out for his use of regular questions and interaction with his audience, humour and facial expressions!

As usual, Black History Month serves as a reminder for us to educate ourselves on and celebrate Black British culture all year round!