October Black History Month - Diane Abbott
Diane Abbott is the first African Caribbean woman elected to the Parliament of the United Kingdom. As a member of Parliament (MP), she was a representative in the House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament. It is obviously for the common people unlike the upper house, the House of Lords (the Senate).
As a MP she has had to apologize several times for making comments about White European racism. She apologizes but does not back down when comments are needed. The inability to receive proper healthcare from non-African providers, Britain’s involvement in the creation of racism, not be able to get a taxi… are some of the comments which she has come under attack.
Diane is founder of the London Schools and the Black Child initiative, which aims to raise educational achievement levels amongst Black children. She hosts an annual conference for educators, children and their parents and an annual academic awards ceremony.
In 2008 Ms. Abbott was awarded the Spectator/Threadneedle Speech of the Year Award and a Human Rights Award from Liberty.