For this year’s Ethnicity Awards, we wanted to not only celebrate the achievements of our nominees, but also the legacy of those who paved the way for inclusion before us. Our Making History segment is a chance for us to showcase the achievements of some of these incredible individuals from the 1930s, to today. Our nominees within their own rights, are part of this showcase. Their accomplishments and their stories will help empower future generations to advocate for the Ethnicity Agenda.
Jewish Hungarian-Argentine inventor László Bíró, created the modern ballpoint pen in 1931, presenting it at the Budapest International Fair. In World War II Bíró fled to Argentina to escape persecution under the Nazis. The patent was bought by Bich in 1945, and since then more than 100 billion ball point pens have been sold under this patent.
Noor Inayat Khan
British secret agent Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent to France in World War II in a brave undercover mission. She was posthumously awarded the George Cross in 1949 for her courage.
Trinidad-born American Jazz and Classical musician, Hazel Scott used her position in the public eye to speak out against racial discrimination and segregation, directly helping to improve the representation of Black Americans in film, and became the first Black American to host her own show, The Hazel Scott Show in 1950.
Pakistani-British political activist Tariq Ali is featured across many news sources to this day, known for his critiques of western interference in the Middle East. However, he first rose to prominence through his activism against the Vietnam War, marching on the American embassy in London in 1968.
George Robert Carruthers
Inventor and astrophysicist George Carruthers work for NASA resulted in the creator of the ultraviolent camera, which was used t record and map star, galaxies, and the Earth’s atmosphere during Apollo 16 in 1972.
MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Diane Abbott has been serving her constituency and beyond since 1987. She is not only the first Black woman elected to Parliament, but remains the longest-serving Black MP in the House of Commons.
Father of the PlayStation Ken Kutaragi is one of the most influential figureheads in the history of the gaming industry, with his work revolutionising games consoles to this day.