The Black Cultural Archives known commonly as the BCA is the leading body of information pertaining to Black history in the UK. The BCA are called upon by organisations, institutions and government for accurate information and guidance on matters relating to historical and current issues within the Black community and hold a coveted collection of documents, books and facts relating to the community, including rare historical publications. It is therefore not surprising that they were called upon to participate in the government’s Windrush Cross-Government Working Group in 2020.
It isn’t a year since the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group were formed in a fanfare of publicity. Created to bring together community organisations with government representatives to support the delivery of practical solutions and address challenges affecting the Windrush community, the BCA have publicly stood down from the Group.
In a statement announced by the BCA on 12th April they have vehemently contested The Report conducted by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities saying:
“The chosen narrative of the Commission’s March 2021 report, its selective and confused approach to data collection and analysis, and its inconclusive findings undermines its own recommendations.
We still await action for positive change for all individuals, communities and wider society. This report is not it.”