The arrival of the ship HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury docks in 1948, bringing 500 passengers from the Caribbean, is a moment that shaped modern Britain.
On 22 June 2023 we will mark its 75th anniversary.
Windrush Day has become a key symbolic moment in the story of the Black British contribution to this country and the broader post-war migration from across the Commonwealth and beyond that helped create the modern Britain that we share today.
The 75th anniversary year offers an enormous opportunity to deepen the public conversation about the past, present and future of modern Britain.
The Windrush 75 network seeks to encourage the maximum possible participation in Windrush Day as a national moment.
It will broaden public recognition of the contribution of the original Windrush Pioneers, as well as increasing public understanding of the history of race and migration to Britain across the decades.
The Windrush75 network advisory group members are:
Patrick Vernon (Windrush75 Network convenor); Aditi Anand (Migration Museum); Lisa Anderson (Black Cultural Archives); Olivia Bailey (Public First); Halima Begum (Runnymede Trust); Jo Broadwood (Belong Network); Jacqui Burnett (Luton Cllr); Tony Butler (Derby Museums Trust); Joy Coker (Alt A Review); John Denham (Centre for English Identity and Politics); John Denham (Author); Yvonne Field (The Ubele Initiative); Joyce Fraser (Black Heroes Foundation); Timi Okuwa (Black Equity Organisation); Lester Holloway (The Voice); Professor Uzo Iwobi OBE (Race Council Cymru); Bishop Dr. Desmond Jaddoo (Windrush National Organisation); Kevin Jones (NuDawn); Sunder Katwala (British Future); Jon Knight (Together); Binita Mehta-Parmer (Conservatives Against Racism For Equality); Dr Dwain Neil OBE (Reach Society); Rudi Page (Making Connections Work Limited); Richard Reddie (Churches Together in Britain and Ireland); Catherine Ross (Museumand); (Michael Seeraj (Charlton Athletic Community Trust); Joy Siguad (Editions Media); Paulette Simpson CBE (The Voice); Garry Stewart (Windrush Caribbean Film Festival); Carole Williams (Hackney Cllr); Sonia Winifred (Lambeth Cllr); Zehra Zaidi (We Too Built Britain)
To find out more about the Windrush 75 network visit www.windrush75.org
Marking Windrush Day 2022, more than 100 voices from across politics, sport, culture and civil society have signed a joint letter urging all institutions to ‘step up’ and play their part in making the 75th anniversary of the Windrush next year a ‘major national moment’.
Find out more here.