Windrush Day Tuesday 22nd June 2021

In 2018 the UK government announced that 22nd June each year would be an official day to recognise
those early pioneers of the Windrush generation. The Windrush generation came to settle in the UK
from the various Caribbean Islands in the bid to help rebuild Britain after World War 2. Windrush Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the rich contribution those pioneers made and subsequent generations continue to make.

For the very first time in Kirklees, an official Windrush Flag will be flying from Huddersfield Town Hall as we celebrate Windrush Week 21-28 June 2021 !

                                                                     Huddersfield Town Hall                        

                                                                                    Click title for image references

Free Flag Activity to either collect from Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Cleckheaton and Batley Libraries

or print from home here:

 

Curated eBook Collection

A collection of fiction, non fiction and poetry eBooks which complement the Windrush day can be found by clicking here:  https://kirklees.overdrive.com/

Mother Country

by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

A book review by Paula Joseph, Kirklees BAME network

Find/request in your local library here: 304.841

 The book consists of life experiences by children of parents and grandparents of the Windrush generation who came to England after World War II and before.  The reason most of them came after long journeys by boat or plane was to make a better life for both themselves, their family members they left behind and future generations.

On arrival they were faced with racism and prejudice and they taught their children that they had to make a difference because the colour of their skin was seen before the person.

The thread that runs through all the stories in this book is that the Caribbean culture is something that has to be celebrated, be it through the food or music and people should stand up and shout about it even in the face of adversity.

Finally after been asked to come to the Mother Country and contributing to the workforce and economy for over 70 years.  It is a shame that some of the Windrush generation have been classed as illegal immigrants and sent back.