The Story of the Windrush by K.N. Chimbiri

Many people will have become more aware of the Windrush generation who came to Britain from the Caribbean in the late 1940s and 1950s due to the recent uncovering of the appalling way many of them have been treated and their rights denied.

Before the publication of this book there has been very little available for children that explains the history of the beginning of modern Black Britain so concisely and accessibly, making an important part of history more visible and acknowledging the racism Black people have faced. Kandace Chimbiri’s interesting factual account is illustrated with contemporary photographs, maps and sepia toned pictures. Throughout are interwoven the stories of individual people who made the journey from the Caribbean on the ship the Empire Windrush. Most prominent among these is Sam King who served in the RAF during World War 2. He was not allowed to stay in Britain following the war and returned to Jamaica. He came back to Britain on the Windrush, rejoined the RAF, subsequently worked for the postal service and became a significant community leader, co-founding the charity the Windrush Foundation. I am particularly pleased to see Sam’s story highlighted in this way as I can remember him as the first Black Mayor in Southwark, the borough where I live and work.

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