The Prime Minister has recognised Dawn Hill, the Chair of the Black Cultural Archives, for her leadership of this important resource based in Brixton that emphasises the role that Black people have played in British history.

Under Dawn’s leadership, Black Cultural Archives launched the first national Black heritage institution in the UK, which made the collection accessible to the public in 2014 so that the uplifting and inspiring stories of Black history, stretching from Roman times to the present day, could be shared and celebrated more widely.

This Points of Light award will be made at the No.10 Black History Month reception. Dawn is the latest recipient of the Points of Light award, which recognises outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

In a personal letter to Dawn, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“At the ‘Black Cultural Archives’ you have been fundamental in creating a vitally important national resource that is shining a light on the achievements of individuals of African or African Caribbean descent in British society. You should be tremendously proud of the inclusive and inspiring nature of the archives, and the innovation you have demonstrated through initiatives such as your recent partnership with the BBC and Google.”

Dawn said:

“I am so honoured to be recognised in receiving the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award.  Over 30 years I have supported a number of community projects simply to make a difference where it was needed. I am immensely proud of 30 years working with Black Cultural Archives together with other committed volunteers who have seen the iconic ‘Black Heritage Centre’ open in Windrush Square in Brixton. The Black Cultural Archives is the only national repository of Black Culture and Heritage in Britain who will preserve and promote the history of African and Caribbean people, championing their Diversity and Inclusion in the UK and beyond. This award is so encouraging.”

Dawn is the 807th winner of the Points of Light award, which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA. Over 5,000 Points of Light have been awarded in the USA, and both President George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK.

There is a similar cross-party approach to the UK programme and MPs from different parties often present their constituents with their Points of Light awards. Regardless of whether it’s a doctor restoring local monuments in her free time, a father teaching young people life skills, or a local musician giving a voice to lonely people, the Points of Light award honours shining examples of volunteering across the UK.


If you know someone who could be a Point of Light you should write to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street. Find out more about Point of Light via their website here.