- Norwell Roberts, born on October 23, 1945, has been said to be a pioneer black police officer in London
- Robert triumphed over racial odds to achieve that feat as he was denied admission based on his race
- Getting into the police force was not a rescue from racism as Robert had to deal with being treated as a subpar being
Black men are not just pioneers of great things in the world, but their feats also redefine narratives in places that matter.
Such is the story of Norwell Roberts, known as the first black police officer in London. He was born on October 23, 1945.
Born in America, he had to move with his mom shortly after the death of his father to the UK when she got an appointment in England.
Norwell Roberts faced a multifaceted level of segregation when he moved to England with his mother. Photo source: Guardian UK
Face to Face Africa reports that Robert had to deal with all manners of racism at the early age of nine to the level that a grammar school refused him admission.
When he was a student at the University of London, Robert applied for the Metropolitan Police immediately there was a vacancy calling for black officers.
At the age of 21, he joined the Metropolitan Police in March 1967. When he joined the force, there were just five police officers in the UK.
Six years after, that number rose to eight out of the 21,500 police officers in the country. According to Historical Geographies, the first black officer in the country was John Kent who joined the force in 1837.
One of the challenges he had to face in service was not having backups whenever he called for them.
After spending three decades in service, he retired from the police force in 1997.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that for twenty years, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been known to be the world’s busiest airport.
Apart from that, the airport is also the place for Delta Airlines, one of the world’s largest carriers, and it is managed by a black man called Kofi Smith.
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The airport also has over 60,000 staff in its employ as it serves over 300,000 passengers every day under the supervision of Dr Kofi Smith.
Kofi Smith has taken the company to a higher height within the time he took the rein of leadership at the young age of 35.
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