Sir Learie Constantine


Born in Trinidad, Learie Constantine would go on to become England's first black peer because of the work that he did for politics and racial equality.


This means he was allowed to sit in the House of Lords and take part in important political debates.

He was also a well-known cricket player.


He settled in Britain in a town in Lancashire called Nelson after he played cricket there for the West Indies in 1928. It caused a bit of a stir, as people were not used to seeing black people around.

"School children came out in their droves to see him because the only black face they'd seen before was a coal miner," explained the Mayor of Pendle, Councillor Tony Beckett. "But he endeared himself to them and would come out and play cricket with the kids in the street."


His Name Sir Learie Constantine.


1901-1971

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