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Black Cambridge University graduates celebrated

PICTURED: Head of exhibitions Chris Burgess adjusts a portrait of actress Naomie Harris (Photo credit: Joe Giddens / PA)

PORTRAITS of the first black graduates of Cambridge University will feature in a new exhibition which opens October 1.

The exhibition was put together by Cambridge student group Black Cantabs Research Society, which was set up in 2015 to explore the stories of past black students.

Famous alumni highlighted in the exhibit include actress Naomie Harris, author Zadie Smith, Westworld star Thandie Newton and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott.

The exhibition also includes the university's first black scholar, Francis Williams, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, Latin and literature in the 1720s.


A portrait of actress Thandie Newton, part of the new exhibition (Photo credit: Joe Giddens / PA)

Black Cantabs Research Society president Surer Mohamed, 24, a PhD student, said of the exhibition: "It's not to say 'look who made it', it's to say this is part of the Cambridge story."

In addition to portraits of Cambridge graduates, the exhibition features an image of rapper Stormzy, who last month launched scholarships to help black Cambridge University students pay their tuition fees.

Black Cantabs: History Makers, runs from October 1 to December 31, and is free and open to the public in the university library.

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