Simon Woolley's journey from a council estate to Cambridge University and House of Lords
Simon Woolley is the first black man working as master of Homerton college, Cambridge. He wants to use his role to encourage more black and working class kids to go to university
Simon Woolley is a member of the House of Lords, the first Black man to head an Oxbridge College, and a policy change maker who has the ear of prime ministers and the future King. But this a Lord who wants to shake up the establishment; an outside who knows how important it is to bring underrepresented voices to the table.
Raised by loving white foster parents on impoverished St Matthe w Estate in Leicester, young Simon soon learned about politics while in the line at the barber shop and about racism as one of the few Black children in the neighbourhood.
The desire to make the world a better place was awakened during a trip to South America, where he was a revolutionary politics first hand, and discovered how actvism could change people’s lives.
Inspired, he co – founded Operation Black Vote in 1996, credited with encouraging thousands of Black men and women to exercise their right to vote.
His story is of courage, of perseverance and remaining positive despite the challenges of institutional racism. It’s about becoming a father and honouring your heritage. But most of all, it’s about being your own role model, especially when no others have been available to you.