Windrush Day 2021

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Windrush Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at the Port of Tilbury, near London, on 22 June 1948. The arrival of the Empire Windrush 73 years ago marked a seminal moment in Britain’s history and has come to represent the rich diversity of this nation.

In June 2018, the government announced an annual Windrush Day to encourage communities across the country to commemorate the Windrush story on Windrush Day and throughout the year.

Councillor Sonia Winifred (Lambeth) said “Windrush is an annual celebration that commemorates the arrival of Empire Windrush, its passengers and descendants who have made a huge contribution to the UK’s cultural, social and economic life over the decades. Lambeth is home to many of these descendants.”

“Last year thousands of Lambeth residents came together during an unprecedented time at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, to acknowledge and celebrate the Windrush contribution and legacy to our borough and the country. “

“This year our theme is ‘I Am Here’ and is a powerful invitation to the people of Lambeth to stand together in recognition and celebration of the Windrush generation, and for each and every one of us to make a contribution to changing the narrative.”

Hear Councillor Sonia Winifred’s introduction to Windrush Day recorded live this morning in Brixton.  Listen to the premier of Pegasus Opera’s new Windrush anthem on their youtube channel at 2pm.  Visit Lambeth website for Here I am events. Visit the Windrush Foundation website here. And the Windrush  organisation here. Read more Windrush stories by visiting the British Library website here.

Click on the image below to access Lambeth's teacher activity pack.