"We've got to create our own narrative about how it feels to be Black and British."
The Black British Voices Project aims to create a nuanced and comprehensive account of the experience of being Black in Britain, by combining a public national survey with in-depth interviews of leading Black British commentators, including politicians, celebrities, writers, journalists and businesspeople.
The project aims to build understanding, drive change, increase prosperity, improve policy, overcome obstacles and maximise participation in key institutions and professions.
"Terms like BAME are too shorthand, too easy, and make us even more invisible."
-Focus group participant
For more information,
read our Project Brief
The Black British Voices Project is an opportunity to share experiences in a way that unites our voices. A united voice is a powerful voice, and a powerful voice has the impact to break down walls of oppression and silence.
DR SHOLA MOS-SHOGBAMIMU
Author, "This Is Why I Resist: Don’t Define My Black Identity" (2021)
Dr Kenny Monrose
Black Britons are still largely misunderstood and misrepresented in many facets of life - this project should make clear what is important to us and how we can address certain issues.
It is important to engage with our community, it is important that their voices are heard, and it is important that when decisions are made, they are made with them in mind and with their interests at heart.
Paulette Simpson CBE
Director, The Voice
Maggie Semple OBE
The narrative of being black in Britain has been written and rewritten by so many different people, but what we’ve yet to hear and see is a commentary built on good data that draws on themes that matter to Black people today.
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