Middlesex University Journalism students at the unveiling of first black portrait's portrait in Parliament

By Lauren Stanley, BA Journalism

Professor Kurt Barling and journalism students Alyesha Hutton and Lauren Stanley joined Kelvin Okafor, a fine art graduate from Middlesex University, for the unveiling of his portrait of the late Tottenham MP Bernie Grant in Westminster.

Kelvin Okafor, Sharon Grant and David Lammy. Photo by Lauren Stanley.

The unveiling of the portrait, which took Okafor more than 180 hours to produce, welcomed the family of Okafor and Grant, alongside some of the more regular attendees in Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn, David Lammy, Diane Abbott and Clive Lewis, to name a few. During the unveiling, David Lammy MP for Tottenham, who has championed the work of his constituent Kelvin Okafor, gave a speech addressing how important it is to celebrate the work of black and minority ethnic people in Britain. Lammy congratulated Okafor on being the first black artist to have his work displayed in Parliament.


Both David Lammy and Sharon Grant, wife of the late Bernie Grant, reflected on the “brave” work Grant and his three memorable BAME colleagues, Diane Abbott, Keith Vaz and Paul Boeteng, have achieved and continue to achieve and insisted that the leadership Grant gave in his fight for equality and justice must continue,

especially to empower young black people.

Middlesex University journalism students Alyesha Hutton and Lauren Stanley filmed the event at the Portcullis House, Westminster.