David Harewood

DAVID HAREWOOD, MBE

ACEN is proud to announce David Harewood MBE as a patron.
David is a British stage, TV and movie star whose most notable TV and Film credits include Blood Diamond, Spooks, Robin Hood, Criminal Justice, Homeland, Madiba, and Supergirl.
In 2012 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appointed David a ‘Member of The Most Excellent Order’ of the British Empire for his services to acting, giving him the title David Harewood MBE.
David’s portrait will enter the permanent collections of London’s historical National Portrait Gallery alongside some of the most key black and British figures in the UK who took part in the acclaimed BBC documentary Black is the New Black. The exhibition opened in November 2018 and will sit in the galleries for the next 200 years.
David has made a number of documentaries – his most recent documentary, ‘Psychosis and Me’, has been nominated for Best Documentary at the 2020 BAFTAs. Other documentaries include ‘Will Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister?’. David has contributed to a number of documentaries about Shakespeare, such as ‘Shakespeare Uncovered’.
The BBC documentary titled ‘Will Britain ever have a Black Prime Minister’ was aired in 2016 and investigated the obstacles facing black Britons in their rise to decision-making positions across society.
This documentary directly contributed to the creation of ACEN and we recommend it as an essential watch for both parents and educators alike.
It concludes that the odds of a Black child becoming Prime Minister in the UK are one in 17 Million.
That number is 12 times less likely than a White child, with the probability of 1.4 million for a White child becoming prime minister.
However, this number is decreased significantly with the odds of one in 200,000 for a White child who goes to private school, and then Oxford or Cambridge Universities.
Resulting in a White person being 90 times more likely to make it to the top spot than a Black person.
ACEN has used similar modeling, based on an approximate makeup of 3% Black children in private education, to assume that the odds of a Black child becoming prime minister are 1 in 4.5 million.
Whilst this disparity is still significant, with independent education being the single largest contributor to the statistical chances of becoming prime minister in any group, ACEN recognises entering more Black children into private and grammar education as the single biggest action we can take, right now, to decrease this gap.