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Reach Society News

30 New Scholarships for British African Caribbean Students

The University of Glasgow's reparative justice programme will transform lives in the Black community.

The first project emerging from the collaboration between the University of Glasgow and Reach Society is the James McCune Smith Scholarships for British students of African Caribbean background who are admitted to undergraduate degree courses in 2019.

Employability Day in Leicester, 29 May
Young people, aged 10 to19, in Leicester and nearby areas, and their parents and carers, had the opportunity to gain invaluable information, advice and guidance from roughly two dozen professionals, from the local Black community, and slightly more than two dozen local employers, large and small, at the first Employability Day held on 29 May 2019, on the campus of the University of Leicester.
2019 Report of the 8th Careers Conference

On Tuesday, 9th April, Reach Society once again showcased talent in the Black community at its 8th Careers Conference. The attendance reached a new record of more than 1700 young people aged 13 to 24, and some parents. The turnout was a 50 percent increase on the year before.

Forthcoming Events

  • 27/09/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
  • 19/10/2019 7.30pm - 8th Recognition Awards Dinner
  • 25/10/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House, TfL)
  • 29/11/2019 6.30pm - Networking Conversation (at Palestra House)
The main objectives of the networking programme in the Reach Society are to generate amity between Black professional men.
Representation ImageThe representation programme: Connects Reach Society role models with young people, and in particular Black boys and young Black men, to inspire them;
Recognition AwardsThere are two sets of recognition awards - one for self development, which will be awarded to children and young adults; and the other for extra-ordinary contributions and long service to Reach Society.


Lloyds Bank Community Fund, 2012 Regional Winner
City & Islington College, 2014 Community Partner
BITC Race Equality Award, 2016 Highly Commended Award Winner

2018 Is Our 70th Anniversary

In 2018 Reach Society celebrates the 70th year, the platinum anniversary, of the modern Black community (or MBC) in the UK, which began with the arrival of the 492 Windrush pioneers in 1948.

To recognise this MBC milestone Reach Society will be leading a series of events showcasing the many Black contributors to British society. To start the process we are honouring the four British citizens, named below, on the homepage for their huge contributions to nursing, architecture, mathematics and Formula One racing.

Emeritus Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, CBE was a career nurse who successfully championed the introduction of nationwide testing of new born babies for sickle cell anaemia and thalassemia; and the funding of a statue, that was unveiled in 2016, to honour the 19th century Jamaican born nurse Mary Seacole who cared for British soldiers during the Crimean War.

Sir David Adjaye, OBE is the founder of an architecture business which designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture which was opened in 2016 by Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush; and many other prestigious buildings in the UK and elsewhere.

Dr Nira Chamberlain, FIMA is the first Black mathematician to be listed by the Science Council as one of the UK’s top 100 scientists; and by the Powerlist 2018 as the 5th most influential Black citizen. He has applied his mastery of numbers to technical issues in the UK and countries overseas.

Lewis Hamilton, MBE is a Formula One (or F1) racing car driver who has expanded the global audience for the sport beyond just the traditional supporters to include fans from all ethnic backgrounds. He made history in 2007 in becoming the first Black F1 driver, and by becoming the first British driver to win the F1 championship in four seasons – 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017. Along the way, he has set many more records in his amazing career such as winning more pole positions than any other F1 driver in history.

To view their full biographies just click on this link