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Saturday 20 June 2020

Reminiscence & Reflections: Windrush Campaigner To Speak At Windrush Day In Brighton

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Brighton & Hove Black and minority ethnic (BME) Heritage Network will launch its Windrush Presence 2020 programme with a special online event on Monday 22 June 2020.
Patrick Vernon – Guest Speaker

The event will focus on a keynote speech from Patrick Vernon OBE, social commentator, campaigner and cultural historian. 

Patrick has been leading the campaign for Windrush Day since 2010 and in 2018 kickstarted the campaign for an amnesty for the Windrush Generation.

The talk will be followed by a panel discussion chaired by Network Coordinator Jenny Williams with Mr Vernon and Brighton residents Dr Bert Williams MBE and Shirley Williams, who are both from the Windrush generation that came over from the Caribbean in the 1940s and 50s to help rebuild Britain after World War II. 

Dr Bert Williams MBE, President of Brighton & Hove Black History, says: 

"When I think of Windrush, I feel quite proud. My two sisters, wife and brother came over during that period. My sisters came over as nurses and worked at Brighton General. I joined the RAF and so did my brother. 

"Windrush Day reminds me that I contributed something to society. 


"It's great that our BME Heritage Network is working with the museum, libraries and being recognised by government and in the city as well. 

"I encourage as many people from all walks of life to come along to our online launch event on the 22 June. 

"You'll find out more about Black History, culture, food and music. With lockdown, you can still experience it all, come join us!" 

Windrush Day is a national celebration that takes place on 22 June to mark the contribution of the Windrush generation to British social, cultural and political life, from music, fashion and technology to sport, business and many other sectors. 

The day marks the anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at the Port of Tilbury, near London, on 22 June 1948.

The BME Heritage Network Windrush Presence 2020 online event will also feature performances curated by network member including: 

Live Music By Clifton Morrison aka Bigga presented by African Night Fever
Poetry performance by Akila Richards

Windrush story reading by Worthing writer Caroline Stride presented by Writing Our Legacy 

Film by Diversity Lewes

The Windrush Presence 2020 programme will include events in November 2020 as part of Black History Month Family Day and production of an online archive, showcasing two years of Windrush activity led by Network members.

Windrush Presence 2020 Launch Event, Mon 22 June 7.30-8.45pm, free. For more information and tickets, please CLICK HERE.

by: Mike Cobley




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