We have always been here. Black people have always been part of the historical narrative. We have had successes and failures, pain and delights, achievements and loss, adventure and invention, creativity and wisdom. We have Kings and Queens, chiefs and politicians, scientists, writers, singers, dancers, indeed we have always been present in the human story. This book aims to shine a light illuminating stories of courage, often against incredible odds, capturing experiences from around the world from people of black heritage looking at the great, the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly.