Chief Crown Prosecutor featured in Black History Month exhibition

16/10/2013

Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS East of England, Grace Ononiwu OBE, has been chosen to be part of a Black History Month exhibition on living legends held at University College London (UCL).

The exhibition, Living History, which opens at the university on 16 October 2013, features portraits of prominent people from the Black and Minority Ethnic community, including politicians, sports men and women, entrepreneurs, artists, media personalities, and academics.

Ms Ononiwu said: "I felt honoured to be chosen to feature in this exhibition which aims to raise the aspirations of people from the BME community and to show what has been achieved by people across all walks of life."

As well as supplying their pictures, participants were asked about the obstacles they had overcome; what achievements have made them most proud; who they most admired and why.

Ms Ononiwu said: "As a former chair of the National Black Crown Prosecution Association, I am proud of the contribution we have made to the Equality and Diversity performance of the CPS and that the organisation has increased the number of BME staff in senior positions over the years.

"When I was appointed as a Chief Crown Prosecutor for the first time in Northamptonshire in 2005, I was the first African Caribbean person to be appointed to the position of an Area Chief Crown Prosecutor in the history of the CPS. This was something the organisers of the exhibition said they wanted to recognise.

"I hope that people who attend this exhibition are inspired by the people who are featured and I certainly feel proud to have been chosen as one of them."

This is the first time UCL has organised a Black History Month and as well as the exhibition, there are film screenings, spoken word and performance poetry, and the launch of a mentoring scheme.

The Living History exhibition is at UCL Roberts Foyer, Torrington Place, London, until 30 October 2013, after which it will tour other universities including Sussex, Aberdeen and Manchester.