Thought For The Day – Wednesday 4th October 2023
In “Saluting Our Sisters” this Black History Month, we remember “The Windrush Generation”.
Over 75 years ago, on 22nd June 1948, women, children and men arrived from the Caribbean. They were dressed immaculately in their “Sunday Best” on “His Majesty’s Transport Empire Windrush”.
“The Windrush Generation”, and their descendants, and other people who settled in the U.K. massively helped the U.K. re-build after World War 2. Many had served in World War 2 to defeat Nazi evil.
“The Windrush Generation” massively empowered, enlightened and enriched the U.K. with such great resilience, respect and responsibility.
They are symbolic of the positive power of diversity. The U.K. has always been culturally diverse in its history, but with time, travel and technology, exciting, vibrant, vital and respectful diversity further massively empowered, enlightened and enriched society. Brilliant, moral, outstanding and respectful contributions were, and are, made in and to; art, business, computing, culture, design, drama, education, economics, geography, history, languages, literature, mathematics, media, music, politics, public service, science, society, sport and religion.
In unveiling a statue at Waterloo railway station in London last year, the Prince of Wales said of “The Windrush Generation”: “Without you all Britain would simply not be what it is today.” The Prince of Wales also drew attention to the evil of racism that “The Windrush Generation” suffered then, and which people can still suffer now.
At the heart of “The Windrush Generation” were and are the sisters we salute and celebrate this Black History Month and every month.
Black History is U.K. History. U.K. History is Black History.