Sybil Phoenix

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The Reverend Sybil Theodora Phoenix OBE (née Marshall; 21 June 1927[1]) is a British community worker. She was the first black woman to be awarded the MBE, in 1973.

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She was born in British Guiana, and grew up in Guiana. She and her fiancé Joe Phoenix moved to England in 1956, and married in June of that year.[1]

Phoenix started fostering for Lewisham in 1961. She made her own hostel for girls and became a community worker. She has been involved in Black History Month[2] and was awarded the MBE in 1973. In 1979 she founded the Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust, a supported housing project for single homeless young women aged from 16 to 25, named in honour of her own daughter, who died in a car accident in 1974.[3]

In 1996, Phoenix was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Lewisham,[4] and in 1998 was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.[5] She was elevated to OBE in 2008.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "This website celebrates the achievements of Sybil Phoenix MBE MS". Catford Girls' School. p. 3. Archived from the original on 10 November 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "This website celebrates the achievements of Sybil Phoenix MBE MS". Catford Girls' School. p. 2. Archived from the original on 10 November 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Marsha Phoenix: Home". www.marshaphoenix.org.uk. 
  4. ^ "Sybil Phoenix, Freeman of the Borough, turns 80". June 2007. 
  5. ^ "This website celebrates the achievements of Sybil Phoenix MBE MS". Catford Girls' School. p. 5. Archived from the original on 10 November 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "(Cab Office) Queens Birthday Honours List". WhitehallPages.net. 14 June 2008. Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Sybil Phoenix honoured again", Each One, Teach One, 17 June 2008.

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