On June 20, Fisk University welcomed The Right Honorable Lord John Taylor, the first African Caribbean in Britain’s House of Lords and current vice chairman of the British Film Commission covering family values, crime and international affairs.
In 1995, Taylor made history as he became the first person of color elected to the 1,205 member House of Lords. Taylor gave an address at the G-7 summit in Geneva, and in recent years, he has become a regularly featured commentator on BBC and ITV news broadcasts along with creating the Warwick Leadership Foundation as a mentoring tool for developing ethical, young leaders.
“There is only one race; the human race,” Taylor said. “We can’t shake hands with a clenched fist. We need to build bridges between people, not walls.”
As the son of Jamaican immigrants, Taylor was born in the city of Birmingham and studied English Literature and Law at Keele University and the Inns of Court School of Law, respectively.
For more information on Lord Taylor, visit http://www.lordtaylor.org