Inspirational Quotes From Inspirational Black Britons

October is Black History Month, which is about celebrating and recognising inspirational individuals from within the BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) communities. 

Gugu Mbatha-Raw


"Don't worry about society's conditioning and the labels that are put on you by external forces. Hold onto your true self." Gugu Mbatha-Raw, actor.



"This is all about me defining my own success and measuring however I’m doing by what I’m doing. I’m touching people, helping people, and I’m making music I love. I like to think a lot of other black queer artists feel that way too." MNEK, singer/producer.

Zadie Smith


"All that matters is kindness and the capacity to recognize the existence of people other than you." Zadie Smith, author.

John Boyega


"I'm grounded in who I am, and I am a confident black man. A confident, Nigerian, black, chocolate man. I'm proud of my heritage and nobody can take that away from me." John Boyega, actor.

Clara Amfo

Radio 1 DJ

"I think a lot of people assume certain things might hold me back just by looking at me. I don't know if this is because of how I was brought up, but I've never felt like I can't do something because I'm female or because I'm a black female. If anything I've seen them as my strong points." Clara Amfo, Radio 1 DJ.

Nicola Adams OBE


"I always look back on the hard times. It's what gives me the drive and ambition to keep moving forward." Nicola Adams OBE, boxer.

Reggie Yates


"I'm very aware of my heritage, that I'm young black man and that there are no other young black men like me on the telly. I have a long way to go but the minute you can help one person, that programme has value. So I have no choice but to do more of that." Reggie Yates, presenter.

Idris Elba


"Diversity in the modern world is more than just skin colour - it's gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, social background - and most important of all as far as I'm concerned, diversity of thought." Idris Elba, actor.

Find out more about Black History Month.