Monday, 22 June 2020

Windrush Day

Today is National Windrush Day celebrating the contribution made by the Windrush Generation and their descendants. Britain has been wonderfully enriched by the arrival of people from the Caribbean, many of whom came to live here in the diocese. Yet this was also a generation who faced terrible prejudice and racism, not just in the early years but also recently when many were threatened with deportation. 

In recent days the Covid-19 pandemic has given us a glimpse of the amazing contribution of so many Black and Minority Ethnic people who work, for example, in the NHS and the extent to which they have been disproportionately affected by the virus. Ironically, the Covid-19 lockdown will now prevent some of the cultural and educational events which had been planned in different parts of the country to take place 72 years after the arrival of the Empire Windrush in Tilbury Docks.

Tonight at 7.30pm there is a Windrush Celebration on zoom - details above. All are welcome to attend.

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