About Us

At our core Operation Black Vote exists to ensure we have greater racial justice and equality throughout the UK.

We work specifically, but not exclusively within the democratic and civic framework to deliver our objectives.

We seek to inspire BME communities to engage with our public institutions in order to address the persistent race inequalities we face in areas such as: education, health and employment.  

Our work spans a number of areas including voter registration, lobbying politicians, mentoring schemes and political leadership programmes.

Our work began in July 1996 (16th) at the House of Commons, as a collaboration between two organisations: Charter88 which campaigns for democratic reform; and the 1990 Trust a national generic policy research and networking organisation.

After 19 years of campaigning our voice is now heard at the highest level of Government both nationally and locally, but perhaps of greater importance is the fact that we are often viewed as a beacon of hope and support for our own communities.

We would be unable to do this crucial work without our important donors, and are therefore grateful for the current core funding received from Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and Esmee Fairbairn.


To empower our communities to become fully integrated and influence members of society and to encourage government and politicians to positively promote the cultural diversity in the best ...

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Operation Black Vote is the first initiative to focus exclusively on the Black democratic deficit in the UK. We believe that without a strong political voice for African, Asian, Caribbean and ...

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OBV was out of necessity at a time when Black communities were under severe social and political pressure. There were deaths in police custody for which no one was held accountable. The ...

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Awards, nominations and accolades 

Operation Black Vote has won a number of prestigious awards

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  David Weaver OBV Chair Rita Patel OBV Vice-Chair Anu Fish Finance Director Yvonne Witter Interim CEO Merlene Carrington Programmes Director Rafiq ICT ...

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