Celebrate Windrush Day 2021

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Celebrations for Windrush Day take place on Tuesday22 June to mark the anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush on British shores on 22 June 1948. Those who arrived on the Empire Windrush, those who followed them, and their descendants have made and continue to make an enormous contribution to Britain, and that’s why we are coming together this year and every year from now on, to celebrate this vibrant generation of Brits who have contributed so much to the UK.

We have spoilt you this year with so many great free online events to attend and we plan to continue doing so! Make sure to get your *free* tickets ahead of time and mark Windrush day 2021 on June 22, in your calendar.

  • This year, in a first for Islington, on June 22, the Windrush Day flag will be hoisted above our Town Hall, after a few short speeches given by council representatives. Head over to the council’s Facebook channel to join in the action from 10.30am on 22 June to watch. We will share the video link after the flag raising and speeches have finished.
  • The celebration continue at 6pm on 22 June, with an exciting online event called ‘Windrush, Then and Now: A Day to Reflect and Celebrate’ where you will hear first-hand what it was like coming to the UK during the Windrush Era. Broadcaster, political activist and oral historian Alex Pascall OBE will share his story and reflect on what has changed since he came to the UK over 50 years ago. Joining Sir Alex will be spoken word poet Theophina Gabriel, who will be performing ‘Back Home’, a poem about the Windrush Scandal. MC Bushkin is a third generation descendent of the Windrush generation, and will also be speaking about his experiences. Book your free tickets on our Eventbrite page
  • There is an incredible booklist to dive into. Our friends at Islington Libraries have created a dedicated book list called ‘100 Caribbean Books that made us’ – head over to the council website to find it and head down to your local library to pick up any copies of the books that jump out at you. This is an exciting list of books celebrating African Caribbean culture, politics and history across the black diaspora.
  • 5 July is NHS Day, and this year, a statue will be unveiled at the Whittington Hospital entitled ‘Nursing a Nation’, which commemorates the vast contribution made by Commonwealth and Caribbean nurses and midwives to the NHS before 1948 until the present day. The statue stands 7ft tall and represents the seven decades of service Black nurses have and continue to make, to the NHS. We will be live streaming the Nursing a Nation statue unveiling from  our Facebook channel  from 1pm, so tune in and see history being made in real time, as we mark NHS day at this special ceremony. Join us on NHS day to honour these NHS workers to whom we owe so much.

Also, don’t forget to head over to our Black History 365 page to find out how you can learn about Black history and culture all year round.

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