Luton Borough Council
28/10/2020 - Luton celebrates the Windrush Diaspora as Black History Month ends
Join us online this Saturday 31 October from 7.30 to 8.30pm when the Windrush Diaspora will be holding an online event to celebrate the Windrush Generals who have written stories of their experiences moving to and living in the United Kingdom.
The guest speaker for this celebration will be the Rt Honourable Lord Paul Boateng PC DL. Also in attendance will be Councillor Maria Lovell, Mayor of Luton. In addition a number of those who have written their stories will be joining the occasion - in some cases from their countries of origin to which they retired following a successful life in the UK.
These accounts have been compiled into an e-book entitled “The Journey Beyond Windrush”. Together with a new website this book will be launched at the event.
Musical entertainment from Jamaican veteran Artist King Sounds will be part of the event. There will also be poetry recitals and much more on the night.
The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement not only reignited a global commitment to anti-racism but also surfaced many hidden stories of Black achievement across the UK. It is important that recognition and celebration of the Windrush generation ‘our heroes’ remain a central part of Black History Month to acknowledge their enormous contribution to the UK.
Norma Hoyte, the Coordinator of the Windrush Diaspora Project said: “One of the most fitting tributes we can make to the Windrush generation is to remind ourselves of their enormous contribution and to promote a legacy in their honour. We will remember their sacrifices to ensure there is a permanent legacy for future generations.”
Councillor Lovell said: “This promises to be a wonderful evening in which to learn more about the many moving tales of the Windrush Generation and their importance to life in this country. It is impossible to write a complete history of the United Kingdom since the end of WW2 without drawing upon the experiences and contribution of these pioneers. We owe so much to them and their inspiring stories should make us all understand better who we are.”