African American Woman Takes on Major Role in Britain
Golding is the daughter of an American D-Day hero and civil rights campaigner, and was born in South Carolina. Prior to becoming the Lord Lieutenant, she was the first and only black person to take on the 1000-year-old role of High Sheriff of Bristol. As Lord Lieutenant, she will be the first to greet members of Britain’s Royal Family on official visits to Bristol, according to Bristol 24/7.
“The role is very wide-ranging and covers social, civic and ceremonial aspects,” said Golding. “It’s just the most amazing activity you can imagine.”
She hopes that she can use her new position to inspire and encourage change in the place she has called home for many years. “Bristol is a wonderful city,” she said. “It has its two universities. It has loads of incubators for business and some of the most amazing advanced technology being developed here.I want to recognise all of those wonderful things and make sure that we’ve got a really good pipeline.”
An area of major concern for her is that of higher education, and its availability to the young people in her community. She stated, “If it is true that 85 per cent of people who live in Clifton, for example, aspire to go to university, and only eight per cent of people in Hartcliffe aspire to go to university, I want to understand how we can increase that potential.”
Other duties that she will be expected to carry out as Lord Lieutenant include recommending people to be recognized on the Honors lists and chairing the committee which recommends the appointment of magistrates.
She concluded, “It’s an enormous privilege to do that work and you really want to do it because you know it will come to an end. I’ve worked here for 35 years. I’ve taken Bristol to my heart and I think Bristolians have taken me to theirs as well. I’m really looking forward to trying to help make a difference.”
By: Danielle Dixon
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