Modeshift created a presentation to celebrate the contribution that black people have made and continue to make to create a better, more inclusive and well run transport system, as well as the contribution they have and are making to active travel and keeping air pollution on the agenda. We hope you enjoyed finding out more about some of the people who have helped to shape transport and active travel.

Here is a reminder of some of those who we have been inspired by and celebrated this month.

Joe Clough

Joe Clough was the first black bus driver.  In 1910, Joe Clough applied to work at London General Omnibus Company. He became a spare driver. He passed his bus driving test and started driving a number 11B bus between Liverpool Street and Wormwood Scrubs. To find out more visit


Garrett Augustus Morgan Jr 

In 1922, Garrett Augustus Morgan Jr, an inventor and businessman, made one of the most significant advancements to traffic control when he improved the traffic signal. After witnessing a major car crash, Morgan applied for and received a patent in 1923 to add a warning light to the then two-light system. To find out more visit


Claudette Colvin who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger

In March 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks defied segregation laws by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin did exactly the same thing.


Asquith Xavier 

In 1966, Asquith Xavier became the first black guard at Euston Station, overturning a “colour bar” which prevented black workers from being employed in certain grades.  In September 2020 a plaque to honour a railway worker was unveiled.


Here it is the presentation once again to share  :- Black History Month



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