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June 22nd is Windrush Day

Windrush Day posterBeginning in 2018, Windrush Day celebrates the Caribbean community and their contributions to British society since the second world war.

To pay  your respects to the people of the Windrush generation download this art pack for decorating your windows and doorsteps and check out online activities by Lambeth libraries

This year’s song for Windrush Day is Desmond Dekker’s  You Can Get It If You Really Want. To join in –  tune into Colourful Radio at 10.27am on Monday 22nd.

Check out the week long programme of online events at the Black Cultural Archives: https://blackculturalarchives.org/ww20

The Empire Windrush ship that brought some of the first Caribbean migrants had 1,027 passengers. Many of their relatives and descendants suffered under the Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’.

Since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th, and the global response to this shocking incident, there is a renewed determination to tackle the inequality and discrimination faced by Black & Asian Minority Ethnic communities. Windrush Day is one part of this effort.

For details of Windrush Day in Lambeth see: https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/windrush-day-2020/

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Windrush 70th anniversary

This weekend marks 70 years since the arrival of the Empire Windrush. On 22 June 1948, 492 passengers mainly from Jamaica arrived at Tilbury Docks. The majority of the first passengers made their home in Lambeth and the streets around Coldharbour Lane in Brixton quickly became the nucleus of the Jamaican community in London.

Pathe news shown at Tea party in Lambeth Town Hall

Lambeth Town Hall hosted much of a new musical heritage and was the location of the famous No Colour Bar dance in 1955.

Lambeth council is spearheading the Windrush 70 campaign and commissioned the official anniversary design from young local Lambeth designers.

Sadly, this year’s celebrations have been accompanied by the Conservative government’s “hostile environment” policy which has made many of the Windrush generation feel unwelcome in their home.

This weekend is not only about recognising the contributions of the Windrush generation, against the backdrop of a hostile government, but we will also celebrate the importance of immigration and embrace our tolerance, openness and diversity.

See Cllr Winifred’s blog about the importance of celebrating Windrush:http://www.lambeth-labour.org.uk/windrush_weekend

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