Arthur Wharton was born in Ghana in 1865. In 1883, he moved to Darlington, England where he began his amazing sporting career.
Arthur became the first black professional footballer, the first official fastest man, a professional cricketer and a rugby player.
Arthur Wharton Foundation
The Arthur Wharton Foundation was created to celebrate the life and achievements of a true national and international sporting pioneer.
We do this through education and events aimed at promoting equality and diversity to change the hearts and minds of a generation.
BLOGS AND LATEST NEWS
Blog Post written by Danny Howes (5 minute read) Can you believe it? Only three months has passed since world famous mural artist Jay Kaes and a crew from BT Sport arrived in Darlington to film the painting of the Arthur ‘Kwame’ Wharton mural. Time has flown by and sadly due to Covid, many peopleContinue reading Mural Mural on the Wall
Blog post by Danny Howes – Saturday 12th December 2020 We have a special treat for you, on what has been a memorable day spent commemorating the 90th Anniversary of Arthur Wharton’s death in 1930. A Musical Film: featuring ‘Arthur Wharton #1’s’ from a number of celebrated people from the music industry, including; Gregory Porter,Continue reading arthur wharton – MUSIC #1
12th December 2020 – Blog Post written by Shaun Campbell Today marked the 90th Anniversary of the death of Arthur Wharton, and what an emotional and poignant day this has been! It was important to mark the occasion appropriately and what better way to do this than to ensure that Arthur’s headstone was put right,Continue reading Arthur ‘kwame’ Wharton – 90 Year commemoration
During the First World War (WW1), there were many brave and committed individuals who served this country in whatever way they could – Arthur ‘Kwame’ Wharton was no exception to this. Indeed, whilst paving the way for others in football, athletics, and a variety of other sports, Arthur Wharton was also dedicated to serving thisContinue reading Arthur Wharton – The Home Guard Soldier
Oh what a day….oh what a month…. Today is Arthur Wharton’s 155th Birthday anniversary and we celebrated him in style. The culmination of the last 4 weeks work in partnership with BT and BT Sport has produced lasting testament to the late, great Arthur Wharton. Today saw us land the following: 1) a new re-platformedContinue reading ARTHUR WHARTON #1