Lewis Hamilton has been named the UK’s most influential black man after topping the 2021 Powerlist. Hamilton bagged the prestigious award after winning the Formula One World Championship for a record-equal seventh time.
The Powerlist honors the strongest people of African, African-Caribbean, and African-American heritage in Great Britain. And in the 2021 issue, the focus will be on two of 2020’s biggest themes – COVID-19 and racial discrimination.
The independent Powerlist 2021 judging panel looked at people who had “the ability to change lives and change events, as demonstrated over a long period of time and in a positive way”.
Lewis Hamilton bagged the award not only for his phenomenal driving skills or for being the only black F1 driver. Hamilton has been very vocal in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, particularly since George Floyd’s death under police custody.
In June 2020, Hamilton asked fellow F1 drivers to kneel before the race when he launched The Hamilton Commission, which aims to increase the number of blacks in motorcycle racing.
As well as having fun discussing the BLM movement, Hamilton also wore a T-shirt that said ‘Black Lives Matter’. His face masks are also dedicated to victims of racial injustice.
After taking the top spot on the 2021 Powerlist, Hamilton said: “I am very proud to be recognized, especially in the black community”.
“I like to think that I’m just part of a chain of people trying to drive change.”