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Source: United Kingdom UK Parliament (video statements)

Lord Constantine became the first black person to be appointed to the House of Lords as a life peer on 26 March 1969.

This followed the passing of the Life Peerages Act in 1958 which opened the House to the whole of society, with members being appointed to contribute to our parliamentary democracy based on their knowledge and experience, regardless of their gender or background. The Life Peerages Act began a process of increasing diversity in the House of Lords.

The Lord Speaker’s Advisory Panel on Works of Art are pleased to celebrate this significant anniversary through this lecture by Brian Scovell, sports journalist and writer, and Professor Jeffrey Hill, author of Learie Constantine and the Race Relations in Britain and the Empire.