Celebrating Black History Month, 6th October
Each day in October we will be finding out about Black History that is less well known. Often Black History focusses on a few key individuals…we hope that this October everyone can learn something that they didn’t already know.
In the years following World War Two Britain needed large numbers of workers to help the economy grow and work in new, nationalised organisations such as the NHS.
One of the government’s solutions was to invite people from the West Indies to live and work in Britain. The Empire Windrush was a famous ship that brought people from the West Indies to Britain. The first people arrived in 1948 at Tilbury Docks, just outside of East London and were mostly from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
The contributions of those people who arrived on Windrush or who are descended from them to the British economy and to society cannot be underestimated. Britain would not be the country that it is today without the Windrush Generation.