Women in History: Dame Sybil Phoenix – First Black Female Recipient of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Dame Sybil Theodora Phoenix DBE, MBE (born Sybil Marshall, 21 June 1927) is a British community worker. She was born in British Guiana (Guyana), and grew up in Georgetown. She and her fiancé Joe Phoenix moved to England in 1956, and married in June of that year.  In 1973 she became the first black woman to receive an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II.  Dame Phoenix initially refused to accept the honor unless the … read more


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