Windrush – Then and Now! Words and Music Event

WINDRUSH FOUNDATION  presents WINDRUSH THEN AND NOW! WITH SANDRA AGARD & KEITH WAITHE on Wednesday 23 September 2020  7.30pm to 9pm FROM THE CARIBBEAN TO THE UK, HOPES AND DREAMS SAILED THE OCEANS BLUE; SO MUCH WAS LEFT BEHIND.  MEMORIES WERE MADE IN PASTURES NEW. THROUGH WORDS AND MUSIC, SANDRA AGARD AND KEITH WAITHE WILL […]

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Glenda Caesar – Victim of the Hostile Environment Policy – 10 Years in Limbo

WINDRUSH FOUNDATION   presents  GLENDA CAESAR   Glenda arrived with her mother in the UK in 1961 from Dominica ‘as a babe in arms’. She first found out she wasn’t British and could not get a passport after trying to visit her dying mother in the Caribbean in 1998. In 2009, Glenda was sacked from her part-time […]

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100 Great Black Britons 2020

By Joy Sigaud. Patrick Vernon OBE and Dr Angelina Osbourne’s eagerly awaited 100 Great Black Britons 2020 has gone straight to number 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Biography Reference with orders for the hardback and number 4 for the kindle version. Not surprisingly,  of course, as the original 100 Great Black Britons, first […]

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Stowaway on The Empire Windrush – What Happened to Her!

Windrush Foundation   presents   Woman Stowaway on Empire Windrush She attracted more press coverage than any other passenger when the ship docked at Tilbury, Essex, on 22 June 1948.  She left Jamaica unnoticed but when it became too cold to sleep out at night on deck, she had to give herself up. The news spread like […]

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Lord Woodbine, The Beatles and Hamburg Tour – 60 Years Ago – Windrush Event

WINDRUSH FOUNDATION PRESENTS LORD WOODBINE, THE BEATLES & HAMBURG Born in 1929 in Trinidad, Harold Phillips (who later became known as Lord Woodbine, the Calypsonian) volunteered for the Royal Air Force to fight for Britain in World War II. After being demobbed when the War ended, he returned to England on the Empire Windrush on […]

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Remembering the life and times of the 18th century poet Phillis Wheatley

THE EQUIANO SOCIETY   PRESENTS   PHILLIS WHEATLEY (1753 – 1784):   REMEMBERING HER LIFE AND TIMES PHILLIS WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN AUTHOR OF A BOOK OF POETRY. KIDNAPPED AT THE AGE OF 8 IN WEST AFRICA, PHILLIS WAS TAKEN TO NORTH AMERICA AND SOLD IN BOSTON TO THE WHEATLEY FAMILY WHO TAUGHT HER TO READ AND WRITE, […]

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Celebrating Windrush Nurse Edna Chavannes at 90

       WINDRUSH FOUNDATION PRESENTS CELEBRATING EDNA CHAVANNES: WINDRUSH NURSE AT 90    Edna Allen (now Chavannes) was born in the parish of St. Andrew, Jamaica, in 1930. After leaving school, she worked for three years as a teacher, but always wanted to be a nurse. The opportunity came in 1951 when The Gleaner […]

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Slavery & Remembrance: Olaudah Equiano also known as Gustavus Vassa the African

                                    OLAUDAH EQUIANO                                                          … AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE (1745 – 1797)             […]

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Olaudah Equiano – An Extraordinary Life – Free Zoom Event

THE EQUIANO SOCIETY  presents   OLAUDAH EQUIANO: AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE (1745-1797)   TUESDAY 25 AUGUST 2020 from 7:30pm to 9pm    From Enslavement to becoming a Businessman, Explorer, Community Activist, Abolitionist and Best-Selling Author, this event celebrates Equiano’s extraordinary life and his contribution to African literary and cultural heritage. His book, The Interesting Narrative (1789), is positioned at […]

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Henry Box Brown – The slave who mailed himself to freedom

From Slavery to Show Business A new book about Henry “Box” Brown  by Kathleen Chater. Henry Box Brown is well-known in America for remarkably escaping slavery. In 1849 he organised for himself to be nailed up in a box and posted from Virginia to Philadelphia  where he was received by abolitionists. Although he remained in […]

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Slavery: The Global Dispersion of the African People

By Joy Sigaud   Anyone who has had their DNA tested will have noticed groups of people carrying the same DNA in far fetched regions. How did this come to be one would ask oneself? A Tongan ancestor? It may well be the case as our ancestry is so diverse that nothing is impossible nor […]

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Windrush and Politics – The story so far

Arthur Torrington of The Windrush Foundation summarises the Windrush story to date. When the late Sam King, aged 22, disembarked at Tilbury Docks, Essex, on 22 June 1948 having travelled on Empire Windrush, he had already obtained the names and addresses of dozens of his friends who were also on the ship. He looked forward […]

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Mona Baptiste The 1948 Windrush Star – Zoom Event

Mona Baptiste arrived in England in June 1948 and by August 1948  she had appeared on the BBC Light Programme – a radio station broadcasting light entertainment between 1945 and 1967 which later became BBC Radio 2. Mona Baptiste travelled first class on the Empire Windrush to London, disembarking on 22nd June with all the […]

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Legacy Of The Sugar Plantations

By Joy Sigaud From the lush groves of cane Standing in majestic rows under vivid blue sky Tall green grasslike feathered poles The juice is sweet, Who would ask for sweeter Who could ask for more. That sweet tooth is with us still today. They, the plundered, chop chop chop in season with their machetes […]

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African, Afro-Caribbean or just British

    African, Jamaican or Just British? A Jamaican’s journey written by J. Sigaud           Long Ago And Far Away There is a world that exists No one knows about it They have civilisations, structures, tribes, hierarchies and wars Just like everywhere else,  save the poverty, filth and degradation of many but […]

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