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The Windrush Lecture 2018 – The Winrush at Seventy
June 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
22 June 1948 saw a landmark in the history of modern Britain, as the SS Empire
Windrush carried 492 passengers from the Caribbean into the UK. Here by
invitation of UK Government and eager to start a new life and help to rebuild post-
war Britain, this pioneering generation would eventually go on to influence both
the country’s political landscape and to augment its multicultural society.
This year we are honoured to present Professor C. Wright of Nottingham
University, who is also the Diaspora representative of the Jamaican High
Commission UK, as the first keynote speaker at The Windrush Lecture 2018. We
hope that the Lecture will add a narrative to the events of 1948 and beyond that
have come to symbolise the beginning of modern British multicultural society. The
inauguration of The Windrush Lecture as an annual event will strive to embed
significance and purpose to the Windrush legacy.
The Windrush Thanksgiving Service
Today we are fortunate to have many integrated churches in this country that
transcend the cultural divides in a genuine expression of faith. However, this was
not always the case and the Windrush generation who were often greeted by a
less than welcoming and inequitable reception from some of the established
churches. Not to be deterred, this in fact inspired the generation to the formation
of the Black-led church in Britain. These independent churches became the
‘bedrock’ for many within the black community to grow and flourish.
We welcome the Reverend Les Isaac MBE to speak at the Windrush
Thanksgiving service. Rev. Les Isaac is someone who exemplifies the second
generation, significantly influencing the faith balance from both within and outside
the church in Britain.
TheWindrush@Seventy celebration aims to inform and inspire people of all
backgrounds about the legacy of the Windrush pioneers, in the hope that
generations to come will appreciate the contribution and commitment made to
the rich and fascinating history of modern Britain.
This is a free ticketed event, tickets available from Eventbrite
Further information contact: Del White on 07453 584575.