Greetings folks, as the days go by and we count down to the launch of the Windrush Years-Next Generations programme, I wonder what our trail blazers would think of what we are doing.
The first event in the launch of this years programme all are invited to come along and share in this moment.
This year marks the 70th Anniversary Celebrations of the docking of the SS Empire Windrush, on 22nd June 1948, at Tilbury Docks, Essex, England. In Oxford & Oxfordshire, African Caribbean& African Kultural Heritage Initiative (ACKHI) and the Afrikan heritage community, its partners, Museum of Oxford, Oxford City Council, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford University History Faculty and more (see below) has developed a programme of events to mark the anniversary, during 2018 and 2019.
The ‘Windrush Generations’ has been hailed a significant moment in British history, arguably changing the economic, social and cultural landscape of Britain. The SS Empire Windrush, named after the river Windrush which runs through Oxfordshire, brought 492 plus, Jamaicans and several people from some of the other British Caribbean Islands to England. ‘The trail-blazers.’ The first significant numbers of ‘West Indians’ to arrive in England, responding to Britain’s call for support in the form of labour to aid its post World War II rebuilding programme. Seventy (70) years later, we have witnessed the appalling “Windrush Scandal” and the denial of citizenship to those who have lived worked, studied and raised their families in Britain.
We in Oxfordshire want to commemorate, celebrate and honour those ‘Trail Blazers’, their legacy, the next generations of West Indians/Caribbeans, British Caribbeans, and their impact and contributions to British society.