Sam King MBE

After serving in the RAF during the Second World War, Sam King came to Britain on the passenger liner and cruise ship, Empire Windrush in 1948 and found work as a postman.

Settling down in Camberwell in the mid-1950s, King became circulation manager of the Brixton based, West Indian Gazette. He went on to help set up the first Notting Hill Carnival. After six months serving as a local councillor in Southwark, he was elected as Mayor in 1983, aged 57. He was the only serving black mayor in London at the time.